This recipe was provided to us by legendary chef (and owner) Grady Spears during a visit to the Reata Restaurant in Ft. Worth, TX. Texas style BBQ and steak preparation relies more on dry rubs than marinades and sauces. We think this recipe is an excellent representation of that tradition. The Cowboy Coffee Pan Blend can be used to encrust the steak (by covering the meat completely) or as a spice to compliment the flavor of the meat (by using sparingly).

Ingredients  (For 4 steaks)

4 Ribeye Steaks (14-16 ounces each); sirloin steaks work as well

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Cowboy Coffee Pan Blend:

1/2 Cup Fresh Ground Coffee

1/2 Cup Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Kosher Salt

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar


1.  Preheat oven to 450˚F

2. Combine all ingrédients for the Cowboy Coffee Pan Blend. Season each steak with this mix, evenly coating all sides and edge

3. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet until it starts to smoke

4. Arrange steaks in pan so they’re not over-crowded (do in batches if necessary)

5. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes on each side to sear

6. Remove steaks from pan and transfer to baking sheet

7. Finish in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until desired cooking

8. Let stand 5 minutes prior to serving