When it's time to start grilling my coffee rub will be the unexpected deliciousness that will bring smiles to your table. Whether you use it with pork chops or chicken its equally delicious!
How I fell in love with grilling thanks to a coffee dry rub and charcoal.
There’s something magical about cooking your food outdoors and that might be why more men seem drawn to grilling. Not that women can’t be or aren’t amazing grillers, its just that connection with the outdoors a man feels when he’s preparing to cook.
That hunter-gatherer feeling he gets when he tosses a slab of meat on a grill…………It’s a beautiful thing.
If you’ve never used Hardwood Lump Charcoal you don’t know what you’re missing. The aroma coming from this type of charcoal is wonderful (of course you can use standard briquets). I didn’t use any lighter fluid, just a few pieces of crumpled paper under the charcoal to get it started and in about 30 minutes I was ready to start cooking.
I have to say for my first attempt at a coffee dry rub the results were amazing!
I prepared a feast of chicken legs, center cut pork chops and corn on the cob. Giving my new Kettleman Charcoal Grill a good workout.
Add in a tossed salad and the meal was complete. Not only was the food delicious but it was pretty darn healthy.
I should have read the instructions in their grilling book a little more carefully to understand the differences in cooking techniques with Direct heat vs. Indirect heat and I suggest you do that before you start cooking. But you know how guys are with instructions and chefs are even worse…..we do think we know it all.
Although I will admit that I like the extra char and color it gave both the chicken and the pork chops by using a little more direct heat that I should have. And to prove my point the taste was OMG delicious!
Here’s my recipe for the Coffee Dry Rub which is all you need to grill up your own deliciousness! This dry rub is good on pork, chicken, beef and lamb so start your grillin’!
If you enjoy pork as much as I do, you may also like these recipes:
- Peppered Pork Loin with a Sweet Chili Pecan Fruit Sauce
- Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
- Oven Roasted Rack of Pork
- Pan Seared Pork Tenderloin
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Coffee Dry Rub - Pork Chops and Chicken
- 4 center cut pork chops
- 6 chicken legs or thighs
Coffee Dry Rub
- 4 teaspoons ground coffee
- 4 teaspoons sea salt
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard seed
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne optional if you want some extra heat
- light your charcoal then proceed to making the dry rub
- In a small bowl add in all of the dry ingredients for the Coffee Dry Rub. Mix everything together, breaking apart any lumps.
- rub both sides of the pork with generous amounts of the dry rub. I did both sides twice.
- repeat the process with the chicken.
- set pork and chicken aside for 20-30 minutes allowing the rub to penetrate the meat. (the pork may look a little wet when you're ready to grill)
- Grill the pork chops and chicken on both sides over medium high heat, then move to indirect heat to finish cooking.
- Check the internal temp, it should be 165 degrees for well done, if you like your pork a little pink check remove them sooner, but let the chicken cook fully until it reads 165.
- When you remove the meat from the grill, let it rest for about 10 minutes so all the juices return throughout the meat. The temperature of cooked meats will continue to rise up to 10 degrees as it sits.
- Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!