Getting my pellet grill really opened my eyes to a whole new world of BBQ. It got me so excited to cook on it that I started venturing out and looking for different types of rubs and sauces that I could use to help enhance my BBQ experience. What I quickly learned was that the choices seem to be endless. There are so many incredible options out there, and while it might seem intimidating figuring out what to pick, that’s actually what makes it fun. It’s the thrill of the hunt. Searching, learning and trying new things all the time is just one more reason why I love cooking with my pellet grill.
Recently on Instagram, a company reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their coffee BBQ rub. Coffee and BBQ? Yes, please! About a week later I received a nice little sample pack of coffee rub from Pop-Pop’s BBQ. As soon as I opened the package I was instantly hit with the smell of coffee. That beautiful coffee aroma is front and center and smells so good. Next, I feel like I got notes of chili powder, paprika, and garlic. Normally, tasting dry rub straight from the packet or container doesn’t do much for me, but this one was really good and I immediately picked up on the coffee and garlic.
I have always associated coffee rubs with steaks or other cuts of red meat, but since all I had was some chicken, it went on a chicken breast. I applied the rub pretty liberally because I wanted to make sure I got the full affect of the flavor. I am kicking myself because I never took a picture of it after it was cooked. We had some friends over and we were starving so we all chowed down and I never snapped a picture. It had a really cool dark brown color to it from the coffee, but even with the liberal dusting of rub it wasn’t overpowering at all. Cooked, I didn’t taste the coffee as much as I did when I tasted the rub from the packet. If I didn’t know there was coffee in the rub, I am not sure I would have been able to pull that flavor from it, which really surprised me because the smell and taste was so strong from the packet.
With that said, the rub was still really tasty. It offered a nice depth of flavor and the garlic came through nicely. Overall it had a really well rounded savory taste. Whether the coffee flavor was noticeable or not on the chicken, I would still use this rub again, and am really excited to try this on some steak to see if the coffee pops more. According to their Instagram account they offer three different coffee rubs, Original (the one reviewed here), Spicy blend and a Cafe Mocha. I would be interested to try the cafe mocha one, I bet that has some real complexity to it, plus you know that’s going to smell gooooood.
Have you tried Pop-Pop’s Coffee Rub, what did you think? What do you think about coffee rubs, do you have a favorite?