2 secret ingredients for the perfect steak

Published 4:04 pm Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Secret Ingredient No. 1: Coffee

Coffee is not only the best part of waking up, it’s also the best part of a steak rub. It’s an effortless way to add steakhouse flavor. Even if you don’t like coffee or only enjoy coffee laden with cream, you’ll love these rich flavors.

Photo by Brandi Hagen

Photo by Brandi Hagen

The seasonings can be applied to the steak right before grilling. If you have a little extra time, the flavor is better if you rub the spices on the steak, then refrigerate for several hours. While there seems to be some controversy about letting meat sit out, I do prefer to apply the rub one hour before, cover and let sit at room temperature before grilling.

Pick out two well-marbled, ribeye steaks at least a 1/2 pound each. Generously apply rub. If time provides, let steaks sit with rub for one hour at room temperature before grilling. Grill steaks for 3 to 4 minutes per side on a charcoal grill or medium-high gas grill. Let the steaks rest on a foil-covered plate for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Secret ingredient No. 2: Aged balsamic vinegar

Top each cooked steak with a healthy drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar is dark, complex and slightly sweeter than other

vinegar so it adds a zippy tang.


Ribeye steak rub

3 Tablespoons ground coffee

1 Tablespoon Kosher salt (always, always Kosher salt, never use table salt)

1 Tablespoon finely chopped dried portobello mushrooms

1 Teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce

2 Teaspoons of ground black pepper blend

2 or 3 cloves finely chopped garlic

Aged balsamic vinegar