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Working on a recipe for cowboy coffee steak...I'm struggling to find the perfect balance between the brown sugar and coffee grounds...help!

If I do 1/2 c brown sugar and 1/3 c coffee grounds, it's too sweet...when i reverse it, the coffee comes across too strong...is there another mystery ingredient I can add to help out? The rub is simply the sugar and coffee with some salt and pepper. I refuse to give up, because occasionally I'll get a perfect bite, and the mix is so so so good. Grrrrr...

asked by Anna McCool about 5 years ago
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hardlikearmour

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added about 5 years ago

Aliwaks' winning Coffee Rubbed Rib Eye uses a ratio of 3 parts ground coffee to 2 parts brown sugar like your reversed plan. Maybe you just need less of each?
http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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added about 5 years ago

Yeah, I think the addition of other flavors might help too...thanks!

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added about 5 years ago

salt?

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added about 5 years ago

I already add salt.

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added about 5 years ago

Oops, I missed the salt and pepper in the original question, but what my too brief reply didn't indicate is that usually in rubs salt makes up a good percentage of the bulk. For example Alton Brown gave a general 8:3:1:1 ratio of sugar:salt:chili:other herbs/spices. Maybe trying 8:3:2 sugar:salt:coffee, or up the coffee component a bit but keep the sugar:salt ratio about even. I might try adding some chili pepper too--I have used small amounts of coffee in rubs and think it plays well of chili, especially smoky ones like chipotle, or mildish ones like aleppo.

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added about 5 years ago

Ah- thanks, that helps!!