Its not a great secret that my husband and I are part-owners of a local coffee shop/roastery here in Jacksonville (Coffee Roasters of Florida). Recently, I attended the Swim Across the St. Johns event to support one of our favorite customers, Jim Alabiso. While I was there I spoke with a really nice lady who mentioned she uses our Five Bean Espresso Blend to make a dry rub she uses on steaks, burgers, brisket, etc. I figured I should give it a try.
I found a recipe online, ground up some espresso beans and gave it a whirl. When I put all the ingredients in the jar I liked the way all the layers looked, so I grabbed the camera. Of course I eventually had to mix it all up (which was a big of a challenge as I underestimated the size of the jar). The recipe called for finely ground espresso, chili powder, smoked paprika, ginger, salt, pepper and brown sugar…yum! I think I may try regular paprika and maybe a bit more chili powder next time.
I spread a generous layer of the rub on one side of two thick ribeyes and put them on the grill, rub side down. Grilled for five minutes, flipped and grilled for five minutes more. Probably 1-2 minutes too long – I prefer medium rare and these came out more like medium. Oh well…I never claimed to be a grill master!
I served the steaks with bacon braised brussel sprouts (hubby’s favorite) and a salad.
This was my first attempt at combining photography and cooking. All in all, not too bad. But I think I need to clear some of the clutter off of my counters and get brighter lights. There are five recessed bulbs in the ceiling and I recently replaced one of them with a CFL that is vastly brighter. Maybe if I replace the other four it will help. Or I could stop being lazy and break out the Speedlight! Also, I think I may need to get some white plates to use when I’m photographing (instead of the black). Comments, critiques and constructive criticism are always welcome!