For as long as I can remember during my adult life, I've been a coffee freak. And just so we're clear, being a coffee freak is different than being a caffeine freak. To me, coffee offers so much more than just a boost of energy. The flavors from a truly amazing cup of coffee can instantly transport you across the globe in a nano-second. And when I'm sitting around deer camp, preparing for the morning hunt, there's little that can compare to an amazing cup of bold coffee.
Now, I think that cooking with coffee is equally as enjoyable as drinking it, but on a totally different level. When used as a spice, ground coffee adds a whole bunch of earthy tones to whatever you've got cooking and it lends itself well to all types of wild game. And when it's mixed into a rub, it adds a ton smooth flavoring and base, without feeling like you poured too much of one spice in. Best of all, it helps to make one hell of an awesome crust on the grill or in the cast iron.
For some odd reason, there's been a rumor going around for the last 100 years that cooking with coffee is bitter. Well, it's not and that's a fact, Jack. Trust me-- once you start to use coffee rubs on wild game, you'll be sure to make up a batch every season just to keep at deer camp for those fresh roasts and backstraps! Give this one below a shot next time you're cooking some game.
Wild Game Coffee Rub
2 TBSP of bold ground coffee(my personal favorite to use is Black Rifle!)
1 TBSP of garlic powder
2 TBSP of chili powder
1 tsp of ground cumin
1 tsp of smoked paprika
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 TBSP of onion powder
Mix all ingredients well and store in a air tight container(for up to 6 months)