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Weekend Chef: Coffee Crusted Cowboy Steak

Posted 10:06pm on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013

The stock show is in full swing and the weather has been down right balmy. This has really messed up my stock show menu. Here I am fixing stews and pots of beans and it is 70º to 80º outside. That’s just not right.

OK, that stops now; it is time to fire up the grill!

And in honor of all the cowboys in town, I decided to do a coffee crusted cowboy steak. If you have not had a cowboy steak before, you are in for a treat. It is a 2-inch thick bone-in rib-eye steak, usually around 2 pounds in weight. The rib bone is trimmed so you have a nice handle to flip your steak with.

At 2 pounds, this is one big steak! And with a big steak you can use big flavors. I talking a coffee and chili power packed on to make a crust. Check out the recipe below.

Coffee Crusted Cowboy Steak


  • 1 (32oz) cowboy steak (bone-in rib eye, 2 inch thick) I bought mine at Central Market.
  • 1 tablespoon chili power
  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (peanut oil is best for grilling)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Rub steak down with a little vegetable oil, and then season steak liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Now season both sides with chili powder and a heavy coat of ground coffee. Let steak set out of refrigerator for 1 hour to get to room temperature.

  2. Preheat grill to high (400-450ºF) temp.

  3. Grill steak 10 to 15 minutes per side till temperature reads 130ºF for medium rare on an instant read thermometer. I grilled my steaks 10 minutes per side, checked the temp and grilled them 5 more minutes a side to get to 130º.

  4. Let rest for 5 minutes, slice and serve.

The steak was perfectly cooked, no surprise since I used an instant read thermometer. The coffee crust gave the steak a nice earthy flavor with just a touch of heat from the chili powder. I would like to say I ate the whole thing, and more power to you if you can, but I always planed to split this with my wife.

Be sure to check out the slideshow above for step-by-step pictures.

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