Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Mango Avocado Salsa

Just in time for grilling season, this spicy Coffee Rubbed Grilled Steak with a cool Mango Avocado Salsa will be the hit at your parties and picnics this summer. The secret is a ground coffee rub made with your favorite Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee.

Charleston Coffee Roasters Coffee-Rubbed Steak with Mango Avocado Salsa

Ground coffee has been a secret ingredient in BBQ rubs and sauces for a long time. It pairs especially well with grilled and smoked meats, and adds an earthiness and richness to a recipe. The ground coffee also caramelizes and chars slightly on the hot grill, which adds a touch of sweetness to the meat. You might think that ground coffee would be better as a grill rub, but our signature roasting process ensures that our coffee is always smooth and never bitter.

Charleston Coffee Roasters Coffee-Rubbed Steak

Making your own rub at home is easy. Start with your favorite Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee. For this recipe, we suggest a Medium Roast such as our El Salvador La Esperanza. The full well rounded citrus flavors in these beans are a nice compliment to the mango avocado salsa. You really don’t need to add much more than salt, pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes for a little spicy kick. But you can certainly add other spices too, check out our recipe for Coffee Rubbed Turkey for another rub variation.

Charleston Coffee Roasters Coffee-Rubbed Steak on the grill

For the salsa, look for juicy ripe mangos and creamy avocados. When combined with crunchy red onion and a squeeze of tart lime juice, this is a salsa recipe that you will be making all summer long. It’s delicious served on top of the steak, but also tasty on its own with tortilla chips.


1/4 cup ground Charleston Coffee Roasters Coffee
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  1. Combine the coffee, salt and spices together. Store in a jar at room temperature.


1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 avocado, diced
2 tablespoons red onion, minced
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Toss to combine. Season with more salt as needed.


4 steaks
Canola Oil
Coffee Rub

  1. Drizzle steaks with a little canola oil, and rub to thinly coat the meat.
  2. Sprinkle rub generously over each steak, rubbing into the meat. Shake off any excess.
  3. Preheat a grill on medium heat for 10 minutes. When the grill is hot, add the steaks. Grill about 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the steaks, until desired internal temperature is reached (see chart below).
  4. Remove from the grill and let rest 5 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain and serve topped with the Mango Avocado Salsa.


Rare: 120-125
Medium Rare: 130-135
Medium: 140-145
Medium Well: 155-160
Well Done: 165 and above