Try this coffee-infused dry rub for steaks and prime rib

By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog


For steak lovers, National Prime Rib Day is a holiday we rarely miss. This year, I wanted to share my prime rib coffee rub recipe in the hopes we could all celebrate together. The only problem was I couldn’t find a prime rib to roast, but this recipe works great for ribeye steaks too.

Ribeye steak and a prime rib are very similar — both cuts are from the same section of beef. The only difference is that a prime rib is usually 2 to 5 pounds, and a ribeye steak is cut for the most tender parts to about 10 -14 ounces. Either can have a bone in or out, and the steaks are generally better on the grill rather than in the oven, where you would cook a prime rib.

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My easy and delicious coffee-infused rub for ribeye steaks uses Death Wish Instant Coffee, but you can substitute freshly ground Death Wish Coffee too, just make sure you grind it for espresso.

Death Wish Ribeye Rub: 

  • 2 ribeye steaks 
  • 1 pouch of Death Wish Instant Coffee (or about 1 and ¼ Tablespoons of Ground Coffee)
  • 2 teaspoons of Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Ground Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt (Kosher salt will give you more flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse ground Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of Oregano
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 
  2. Sprinkle Death Wish Ribeye steak rub over both sides of each steak, patting the first layer of rub into the steaks, and then applying a second layer.
  3. Grill steaks on a medium-high grill, turning over every 5 minutes until your desired temperature is reached.
  4. Take steaks off the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving

BONUS: Serve the ribeye steaks with Jalapeno Butter!

  • 1 fresh jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup of softened butter

Combine and place a spoonful on top of each finished steak

For Prime Rib Roast:

  • Death Wish Ribeye Rub
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Bone-in Prime Rib - two pieces

Place the prime rib in a roasting pan, fat and rib side down

  1. Brush the prime rib roast with olive oil, coat every side with the Death Wish Ribeye Rub
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  3. Place the prime rib in the oven and roast for 15 minutes
  4. Cut the oven back to 325 degrees and cook it for an additional hour
  5. *For medium-rare, cook the prime rib to an internal temperature of 120 degrees
  6. Let the prime rib rest for at least 20 minutes before cutting and serving
Related: Make this delicious cold brew marinated steak salad 

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