American cowboys were supposedly the first to sprinkle coffee grounds over their steaks before cooking them over a fire, and we’d like to thank the enterprising wrangler who first thought of this inspired idea.

While we’ve added ground coffee to barbecue-bound spice rubs in the past, we’d never tried it on a quick-cooking cut of meat before, but hanger steaks have an extra-beefy flavor that can stand up to our bitter-sweet spice blend, one that you can also use on your next rack of ribs or brisket.

Photo: Benjamin Muller

Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed Hanger Steaks

Yield: 4 servings



Make the spice rub: In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir well. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


Rub the steaks all over with the spice rub. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking, or refrigerate, uncovered, for up to 8 hours.


Preheat a grill to medium high. Place a No.10 (or larger) Field Skillet on the grates and let it preheat for a few minutes. Add the oil and heat until it shimmers, then add the steaks and cook, turning every minute or so, until well browned all over and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 130°F (for medium), 10 to 12 minutes total.


Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve.

Seasoning Rating: Better

While we’re not using a lot of cooking oil to sear the steaks, even a small amount (plus whatever beef fat renders during cooking) should add some seasoning to your skillet.

Seasoning Ratings:

Best—These dishes are the best options for building resilient seasoning, and surefire choices for getting tricky pans back on track.

Better—The best way to keep your skillet in great shape is to cook frequently, and cast iron-friendly dishes like these are your bread and butter.

Safe—These recipes won't strip seasoning away from your pan, but won't really add any, either.

OK—Be sure to clean up promptly. Recipes with this rating might feature acidic ingredients which can affect seasoning if not washed soon after cooking.