Father’s Day is the perfect time to give Dad a break from grill duty. And with this coffee tri-tip rub recipe, you can really impress Dad this weekend and treat him to a fantastic dinner. Or if you are short on gift ideas, and have a cute jar and some twine handy, this recipe can be turned into an easy little DIY gift—from you or the kids!
Coffee Tri-Tip Rub
2/3 cup finely ground coffee
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup kosher salt
1/8 cup fresh ground black pepper
3 Tbsp granulated garlic
2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and then rub on the tri-tip; this recipe is enough for a one-pound piece of meat. Let the seasonings absorb for at least an hour before grilling. This coffee tri-tip rub is great for grilling at high heat, so that the rub forms a crust keeping the juices in the meat. For more great grilling tips, read on!
Pick the Right Meat
Grilling is best for naturally tender, portion-sized pieces of meat. You want some fat content to help flavor the meat while on the grill—and for creating that crowd-pleasing aroma.
Get to Know Your Grill
Knowing which areas of your grill are hotter than others is important. For example, use the hottest part of the grill when trying to create a perfect sear, and a less hot area for slowly cooking a well-done piece of meat.
Season the Meat, Season the Grill
A seasoned grill allows for that great charred grill flavor and beautiful grill lines. Achieve this by brushing the rods of your grill with a wire brush, then lightly dip a cloth in vegetable oil and rub the rods before turning the grill on. This cleans the grill and prevents food items from sticking. There is nothing worse than losing half of your burger to the grill.
Once your grill is hot, place the presentation side of the meat down on the grill at a 45-degree angle to the grill rods and let it cook. During this time, the natural fats in the meat will help release the meat from the grill, so if you attempt to flip it and it doesn’t want to flip, in the words of the Beatles, “Let It Be” a little longer. To create the desired cross-hatch pattern, you need to rotate the meat item 90 degrees after the first sear and before you flip it to the other side. After you have created two sets of grill marks on one side, you can flip it over and repeat on the second side. And presto, a photo-worthy steak! When you master this fun trick, you’ll have all your friends and family believing that you are a true grill master!
Let It Rest
Always remove the meat from the grill when it’s slightly underdone to allow time for the resting stage. Make sure you let the meat rest for 3 to 8 minutes (depending on the size of the piece) before cutting to allow for the natural and delicious juices to redistribute themselves in the piece of meat.
Happy Fathers Day to all of our Bay Club Dads!