The Edmond Sun

July 9, 2012

Grilled chops that will wake you up

Dave Lobeck
CNHI News Service

CNHI News Service — I will wholeheartedly admit that today’s recipe was a bit confusing to first.

I taught a BBQ class at the local library last week, and I had more than one person talk about coffee rubs. I felt a bit ignorant in the sense that I am theoretically the local BBQ guy, but I had never tried a coffee rub. I mean, coffee as a rub? What the heck?

So here is what I did. I researched the various coffee rubs and extracted the ingredients that sounded best to me. So, in essence, this is my original coffee rub, courtesy of all other published coffee rubs.

The coffee added a nuttiness and depth that I didn’t expect. It was really delicious, especially if you like coffee.

This rub recipe will work well with pork or beef, in my opinion. In this case we used a 3-pound pork loin and cut it into 1 1/4 inch thick pork chops. Once the chops were rubbed down with the caffeinated concoction, I smoked them with indirect heat, meaning the charcoal was piled on one side of the grill and the chops were placed on the opposite side with the lid on. Cooking time? 20 minutes or so, but these were thick chops.

I finished them over direct coals for a couple of minutes on each side to give them the texture I was looking for. You can do this on a gas grill too. Even my good buddy Tex from across the street could pull this one off. The problem is that he would be up all night bugging his wife, Bunky, due to the caffeine in the rub.

The risks we take as outdoor chefs.

Once the chops were done, they were smothered with the Guinness sauce and devoured.

You can view a video of the entire cooking process, sauce and all at Once you get there, place the word “coffee” in the search field.

Coffee Rub Recipe


2 tablespoon finely ground coffee

1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoon ground paprika

1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1 onion finely chopped

1 teaspoon butter