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Coffee Rub-- Time sensitive question

This might sound like a dumb question ---

Does a coffee rub taste like coffee at all ?   

My wife hates coffee, so I am reluctant to try it on a 12# Packer Brisket that I am going to cook over night. 

If the consensus is, No, it does not taste like coffee, then I might give it a try.    

What is your favorite Coffee Dry Rub recipe?  I found a few on line. 

Note: What ever it is, I will be leaving out Cumin if it is in the recipe.  I am not a fan of it.  

Thanks in advance.



  • SciAggie
    SciAggie Posts: 6,481
    You are leaving out the cumin because you taste it and are not a fan. Coffee in a rub doesn’t taste like a cup of coffee, but it adds a coffee flavor. The same is true of onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika or whatever - it adds a distinct flavor. How much you taste it depends on how sensitive your taste buds are and your flavor preferences. You are probably best served to omit the coffee. 
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  • GaryDZ
    GaryDZ Posts: 23
    Thanks...   I will most likely leave it out.  I will try it on something smaller like a steak

    Yes, not a fan of Cumin ---  I must be very sensitive to the taste.  I tried cutting the amount to 1/4  and the taste was still overwhelming.  If my wife is that way with coffee, she will hate it. 

  • StillH2OEgger
    StillH2OEgger Posts: 3,751
    I'm a big Mickey's Coffee Rub fan, but I don't use it on beef, though I know others do. I also don't care for coffee, and I don't think that flavor profile shows up (I use on pork and poultry).
    Stillwater, MN
  • Botch
    Botch Posts: 15,554
    I love splitting different ingredients and techniques to try them side-by-side in the same cook; this is easier with chicken parts and not so easy with a brisket, but you can try cutting 4" or so off a corner, rub it with the coffee concoction, and toothpick it back onto the full brisket, and let SWMBO try it.  

    "I hear you're free on Wednesdays..."    - JB  

  • northGAcock
    northGAcock Posts: 15,166
    Did some kabobs this evening and used a heave dose of coffee rum. No complaints fro the no coffee drinking Mrs. I hope that helps.
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