Coffee Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

Coffee crusted grilled pork chops require nothing more than a simple spice rub yet yield mind-numbing complexity in terms of taste. It’s quite possible you won’t even discern coffee as an ingredient. And chances are you already have all the ingredients you need.

Six coffee-crusted grilled pork chops on a speckled platter.

This coffee crusted grilled pork chops recipe relies on a simple spice rub for its complex and beguiling taste that’s” sooo balanced” according to everyone who’s made it. There’s not an overwhelming coffee presence, just a slight hint of heat and an earthy, almost chocolatey, flavor. Time and again, we’ve heard from folks just how balanced the flavors of savory, sweet, spicy, and smoky, and that if they didn’t know there was coffee in the rub, they may not have even guessed that ingredient since “it lingered only in the background.” What else are they saying about this coffee crusted grilled pork chops recipe? “Wow!” “Off-the-charts good!” “Divine.” “Amazingly juicy and tender.” “A definite keeper.” Sorta makes you want to try them, eh?–Renee Schettler

Coffee Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

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  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • Serves 6
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Special Equipment: Instant-read thermometer (helpful but optional)



Prepare a grill to cook directly over medium heat.

In a small bowl, stir together the coffee, salt, sugar, cayenne, granulated onion, granulated garlic, and cinnamon.

Sprinkle the pork chops on both sides with the rub mixture, being certain to really rub it into the pork chops. Use all of the spice rub so there’s none leftover.

Place the chops on the grill and let them cook, without nudging or moving or otherwise touching them, until well browned, 4 to 5 minutes. 

Flip the pork chops and cook until browned and cooked to an internal temperature of 150°F (65°C), 4 to 5 minutes more. 

Transfer the chops to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Originally published June 9, 2014.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This coffee crusted grilled pork chops recipe was perhaps the best I've ever had. The flavor was outstanding. The chops also had a nice crust and were juicy. I would have expected to taste more coffee than I did, but it lingered only in the background, perfectly mixed with a hint of cinnamon and pepper.

I bought organic, bone-in chops about 3/4 inch thick. I rubbed them in the morning and let them sit, covered, in the fridge until evening so the spices really could penetrate. I grilled them over medium-high flames for about 6 minutes on the first side and 5 minutes on the other side, then let them rest for a few minutes. I really loved the flavor and appearance of these pork chops. This recipe is a definite keeper.

Wow! I'm always looking for great spice rubs and this coffee crusted grilled pork chops recipe fits the bill. My family voted this pork chop rub off-the-charts good!

Coffee is not a usual ingredient for spice rubs at our household. Actually, we were skeptical that it would deliver the flavor we were hoping for. When we dipped our finger in the rub to taste it, it tasted horrible. Given that the main ingredient is ground coffee, I secretly wondered how something so coffee-dominant could deliver in overall flavor. Skeptical, we coated 3 pork chops with the coffee rub and the other 3 with a different rub. Guess which pork chops remained on the platter after our meal? You guessed it. The pork chops with the other rub remained while the coffee-crusted pork chops vanished.

This coffee rub was sooo balanced. There wasn't an overwhelming coffee flavor, just a slight hint of heat from the cayenne. No other spice or flavor stood out. If I didn't know there was coffee in the rub, I may not have even guessed that coffee was in the rub. The flavors all just worked together, creating an earthy, almost chocolatey, flavor. I can't wait to have a barbecue and make this recipe for guests. This is a must-try for grilled pork chops! I used decaf Peet's Coffee, Major Dickenson's Blend, ground fairly fine.


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  1. I was wondering if I use dry ground coffee or coffee grounds that have already been brewed from that morning?

    I was told about a similar recipe but they told me to use coffee grounds straight out of the coffee pot that have been brewed already.

    I would like to try this recipe tonight…Please Help

    Thank you

  2. I do love freshly ground coffee beans, with a little brown sugar in my pork rubs for things like pulled pork. I will have to give suggested sugar a try.

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