I’ve written about espresso rubs for grilled meat before but I thought I would do a reprise for Father’s Day 2014. After all, Fathers want to be masters of the grill and rubs (wet or dry) always give an extra kick and wow factor to just about any grilled meat. So here are 3 Italian inspired recipes that bring a shot of espresso to the Italian grill for Father’s Day.
- Espresso Jolt with a claim that “this is the best marinade ever used on a steak”
- Tuscan Espresso Burger served with a radicchio slaw
- A Black Espresso Rub recipe adapted from Mastering the Grill
Recipe for Black Espresso Rub
Combine the following ingredients for a rub you can use for meat. poultry or fish. Can be stored in a tightly closed contained in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
1/4 cup finely ground espresso beans
2 T finely grated lemon zest
3 T sugar
2 t sea salt and 2 t coarsely ground pepper
2 t garlic powder
1 T ground coriander
1 t ground chipotle chili
*traditionally rubs (spices and herbs) were made for BBQ to create a flavorful, crispy crust while a liquid marinade tenderizes because of the addition of an acid (teas, coffee, fruit juices, lemon juice, wine, vinegar) to the rub’s herbs and spices