This ancho espresso rub is bold, a little bit smoky, quite spicy and really delicious on steaks. The dominant flavors come from instant espresso powder, ancho chili and chipotle powder and give this spice rub a deep, dark and earthy flavor. Salt, garlic powder and thyme add umami and a little bit of brown sugar counteracts the slight bitterness that comes from the espresso powder.
What's in the dry rub?
- Instant espresso powder is brewed espresso that has been dehydrated into a dry powder. It's an amazing ingredient that is incredibly versatile. (Be sure to check out more recipes using espresso powder!)
How to make the dry rub:
Add all ingredients to a bowl, then stir until well combined.
How to store it:
If not using immediately, keep this spice rub in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry place.
How to use it:
This dry rub is excellent on steaks: dry steaks well with paper towels, sprinkle the dry rub evenly on a large plate, then press the steaks into the rub until coated. Sear or grill the steaks as usual.
How spicy is this dry rub?
This dry rub is quite spicy from the chipotle powder.
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Ancho Espresso Rub Recipe
- measuring spoons
- mixing bowl
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder*
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until well combined.
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