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Columbus Cowboy Espresso Chili Rub

Classic cowboy chili and red-eye gravy recipes both have old coffee in them, so this cowboy from Columbus, Indiana decided to add some espresso to this blend.

coffee grounds

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Don't throw away your old espresso grounds. Combine them with spices to create an amazing rub for red meat.

Classic cowboy chili and red-eye gravy recipes both have old coffee in them, so this cowboy from Columbus, Indiana decided to add some good espresso to this blend.

It is great for bison and all red meat game. Gives a wonderful roasted, smoky flavor to everything from burgers to game birds. Try it on ribs, grilled poultry and pork chops.

Columbus Cowboy Espresso Chili Rub

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh good-quality espresso coffee, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/2 cup ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Russian Red Spice Blend (see recipe)
  • 3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons orange peel, dried
  • 1 tablespoon star anise, ground

Cooking Directions

  1. Place ingredients in a spice grinder and blend until they form a fine, consistent powder.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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