Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

It gives me great pleasure to bring in a guest blogger for the day.  Our guest today knows his way around a grill and has developed this amazing Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin.  If you have been around More In 24 for any length of time, you may already be aware of my slight love affair with coffee.  The first time I tasted this dish, I knew we needed to share it with you.  Kevin Todd, is the Mac to my cheese, the peanut butter to my jelly, and my main squeeze for the last 22 years.  He is the grill master at our house and I KNOW you are going to LOVE this Coffee Rubbed Pork as much as I do!!!!!!


Coffee smells amazing, right? There are few things in this world that smells as warm and welcoming as coffee. The moment after you open the door of your favorite coffee shop and the aroma hits your nose makes me so happy.

No matter what is going on in life, for that moment I am relaxed.

Why not bring that wonderful aroma to your dinner table. Sure, make yourself a cup, but I am talking about adding coffee to your food. Of course everyone knows that coffee can be served as a hot or cold beverage, with or without cream and served any time of the day, but coffee is more than just a one-hit wonder.

Coffee has such versatility; it can be used as a food. And I am not even talking about chocolate covered espresso beans. Not that there is anything wrong with that (Said with my best Seinfeld impersonation). This wonderful bean can be used in sweet or savory dishes,  it can serve in the starring role or as the best supporting cast.

I enjoy cooking with my wife. Typically, I serve as her sous chief for most dishes, unless grilling needs to be done.  I take the lead role at the grill. One of the things I have learned is that a good dry rub can turn any cut of meat into an amazing meal.

Enter in the coffee rub. This easy to make coffee rub will compliment any piece of meat. It is comprised of spices that you most likely already have around the house and can be made ahead of time or as needed.

coffee rub

To Make The Dry Rub 

Any freshly ground coffee beans will do. I like a lot of flavor on any type of meat, so I usually like to use a dark roast. As a general rule of thumb, choose a dark roast for darker meats and medium (or light) roast for chicken. The dry rub works great on most any meat; however, I can honestly say that I have never tried it on fish.  With ingredients that are full of flavor it is so easy to get a great tasting meal with very little effort.  Take a look at how easy it is to put this rub together, 3 steps easy!!!!!

1. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients.
2. Liberally sprinkle a layer of the rub onto both sides the meat.
3. Let stand for at least an hour.
Store leftover rub in an airtight container for another meal.

Something to keep in mind 

This rub is not the time to use that old bag of stank coffee beans that has been in the cabinet for who knows how long. Fresh beans will provide the best flavor.

If you want to make a killer rotisserie-style chicken, here is a crock pot cheat. Just follow their instructions above and swap out this coffee rub with the traditional rotisserie style rub.  Need a great Crock Pot Rotisserie Recipe??  Click here!

Coffee Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins


  • 1/2 cup finely ground coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili powder (depending on your heat tolerance)
  • 2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons course salt (pink Himalayan sea salt is great)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp. - 1 tablespoon cayenne (depending on your heat tolerance)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together coffee, chili powder, course salt, black pepper, onion powder, and cayenne.
  2. Liberally sprinkle a layer of the rub onto both sides the meat. Let meat stand for at least an hour.
  3. Place meat on a grill that has been pre-heating at high heat. Sear both sides of the meat. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 10 minutes on each side.
  4. Allow meat to rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

Additional Info

**Store leftover rub in an airtight container for another meal.


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