Since I started my Whole30, we have been eating a *lot* of steaks. I love steaks. They are delicious and easy and fast. If I am having a grumpy day, I have a steak. If I don’t want to put effort into planning dinner, I have a steak. If Dan and Ursula are eating something I don’t want to/can’t eat – I have a steak. (This is making it sound like way more steaks than I have – it’s like 2x a week.)
I have always been a steak purist – salt, pepper, meat. Maybe blue cheese if we have it. Until I decided to try the Mocha Spice Rub recipe from “It Starts With Food”. Coffee + cocoa + steak = yum! I have been mixing up batches each time we made steaks, tweaking each time because I’m always out of at least one thing (must remember to buy coriander!) I’ve come up with my own version* and made a big batch yesterday. Because that makes steak night even easier – no measuring!
Steak Spice Rub (makes about 1 cup)
- 2 T kosher salt
- 4 T peppercorns (I did 3T black, 1T white)
- 3 T ground coffee
- 1T + 1t cocoa powder (ideally, dark/Dutch process)
- 1T + 1t chipotle*
- 1T cinnamon
- 2t cloves
When I make a small batch I dump it all in our coffee-grinder turned spice grinder. But for this big batch, you can just throw the first three ingredients in the grinder, then stir in the others. Rub onto steak before cooking. Ideally, you will rub it on both sides, wrap steak in plastic and let it sit 30 minutes, but it’s okay if you sort of forget about it and toss it on at the last second.
* In Melissaland, “my own version” = add chipotle. And I think I need even more chipotle next time.
I store mine in a Tupperware spice container. Which, btw, are the best spice containers EVER. Big, air tight, scoop side and shake side – they are AWESOME. You can get them for less money on eBay if you don’t want the big set. Or you can have a Tupperware party, invite me because there is always something I am wanting to organize in plastic, and then order your own set with your discount. Also – if you don’t want to use the giant carousel, they fit perfectly in BYGEL baskets from Ikea (I took the handle off my baskets and Dan screwed them in to my cabinet doors – you just need a little washer to make them hold). I’ve had my spice racks since before Tupperware made the carousel, so I can’t give it a fair review. My unfair review is that it seems like a pain in the ass, but I could be wrong.