It's the Labor Day Weekend in the States. Which means, it's time to firing up the grill and enjoy some BBQ goodness. Today, I have a very special recipe for you, Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Vanilla Coffee Rub. Most of us relate vanilla, or vanilla beans, with desserts or sweet treats only. However, vanilla works just as beautifully in savory food, in my opinion. This Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Vanilla Coffee Rub is one of them! I’ll get into the details in just a minutes. But first, I want to introduce you to some wonderful products that I used in this recipe.
Still remember my Vanilla Dream Cake recipe? If not, you've got to check out that recipe here. In that recipe, I used Singing Dog Vanilla Bean Paste and infused their Vanilla Blackberry Sage tea into the cake. Boy oh boy, that was really one dreamy cake to indulge.
Recently, the kind folks at Singing Dog Vanilla sent me the Organic Ground Vanilla Coffee and Vanilla Salt to try out. You might wonder, how did the vanilla infused into the coffee beans? Well, that was the same question I had in mind. And quoted from Singing Dog’s website, “Our Organic whole bean/ground coffee is flavored with real organic vanilla beans. No fake sugary flavors or syrups - just real vanilla beans.” Click here to check out their site for more information. I really love the fact that there are real vanilla beans in each bag (ground or whole, respectively), and nothing artificial! I used the ground vanilla coffee to make the spice rub for my Ribeye steaks. If you use this vanilla coffee for drinking, the whole house would be infused with vanilla and coffee fragrant after brewing. I love the subtle vanilla aroma in my coffee and it brings a kind of gourmet sweetness that you can’t get from sugar at all.
Up next is the Vanilla Salt. Check out the ingredient of this salt. Ingredients: Murray River Salt from Australia and Organic Ground Vanilla from Indonesia. And let me tell you, this is the perfect example of “less is more”! The salt itself is super flaky and you can see the specks of vanilla beans all through out the salt. It’s saltiness is softer than kosher salt and you get the distinct sweet aroma from the vanilla beans.
Want to find out how I prepare the Vanilla Coffee Rub for the Ribeye steaks? It’s super easy and the flavor is wonderful. The coffee rub developed the most fragrant crust on my steaks and sealed in the juices; leaving my steaks juicy, tender and succulent.
Here’s what you need for the coffee rub: Vanilla coffee (of course!), smoked paprika, brown sugar, granulated garlic, vanilla salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. (Please check the measurements of each ingredient in the recipe at the end of the post.)
Mix all the ingredient with a fork and you’re done with the rub! Super easy, isn't it? Yup, my kids can do this too. And let me tell you. This rub is so good that I doubled the recipe and keep it in an air tight container for future use. That way, I can have them on-hand at any time and they sure will make a wonderful homemade gifts! Your friends will sure be impressed with this coffee rub for sure!
Up next, give the steaks some love. Gently rub some olive oil on the steaks. We can all use a massage any time of the day, right?!
Then, sprinkle on the coffee rub, all over the steaks! Be generous, it’s all good stuffs! Then, let the steaks hang out in the fridge to get happy, I mean to marinade, for 2 hours, before grilling.
Isn't that a lovely crust of grill marks on the steaks? Make sure to let your steaks rest for 10 minutes before cutting so the juice stays inside the steak and not running all over your board!
I simply serve this ribeye steaks with a side salad, some lettuces, and homegrown tomatoes. It was one satisfying meal. Of course, I always have room for dessert. But that will be covered in another post.
So, are you ready to make your own Vanilla Coffee Rub and indulge in some succulent steaks? Of course, you can purchase the vanilla coffee and vanilla salt here, if you can’t wait any longer. However, I’m hosting a giveaway, courtesy of the generous people from Singing Dog Vanilla. This is one giveaway you don’t want to miss out! Check out the giveaway details below.
2 (Two) uTry.it readers will win a Vanilla Lover's Gift Set, one set to each winner (as shown in the picture below. Each gift set values at U.S.D. $31.25). Each Vanilla Lover’s Gift Set includes:
1 Organic Vanilla Coffee (2 oz) flavored only with real vanilla beans;
1 Organic Vanilla Lip Balm;
1 Organic Pure Vanilla Extract (2 oz.) for cooking; and
1 Vanilla Salt,2 oz.
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Good luck everyone! And stay tuned for an awesome dessert recipe on my next post featuring the Vanilla Coffee and Vanilla Salt.
Disclaimer: I received the Singing Dog Vanilla Coffee Tea and Vanilla salt free of charge for the purpose of this review. And Singing Dog Vanilla is sponsoring the prizes for this giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own and always will be.
Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Vanilla Coffee Rub: (Printable Recipe)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ribeye steaks (a little over 1 lb each, bone-in)
For the rub:
1 tablespoon Singing Dog Vanilla Coffee, grounded
1 tablespoon Singing Dog Vanilla Salt
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
In a medium mixing bowl, add all the rub ingredients together and stir well with a fork. Gently massage the olive oil onto the steaks and then sprinkle all the rub onto all sides of the meat. Gently pat the rub so it sticks onto the steaks. Marinate for 2 hours in the fridge, or overnight.
When ready to grill, take the steaks out from the fridge 30 minutes before grilling to take some chills off the meat. Preheat the grill on high. Grease the grate of the grill with vegetable oil.
Sear the steak for 3 minutes on each side, or until it reach the doneness you prefer. Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the meat to make sure. For medium-rare, 130-135 degree F; for medium, 140-145 degree F; and for medium-well, 150-155 degree F. If you prefer your steaks well done, you might as well go grab yourself a burger instead!
Remove the steaks from heat, cover with a piece of foil and let them rest for 10 minutes before slicing.