Grilling beef: Secret’s in the seasoning

Published 8:37 pm Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A simply grilled steak is hard to top. But if you use the right seasonings, you can make a good steak great!

Home cook Shirley Terhaar came up with a spice-spiked rub and flavor-rich steak sauce that’s fantastic with grilled beef. The secret ingredient? Coffee! The ground beans add a secret something extra to the rub, without being overpowering. Try it once and you’ll be hooked!

See step-by-step photos of Shirley’s recipe plus thousands more from home cooks around the country at:


Email newsletter signup

You’ll also find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use “just a pinch”…


Steak on the grill

What You Need:

  • 1/3 cup black or mixed peppercorns
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp whole coffee beans
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 T-bone steaks
  • 1 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup steak sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sause
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp paprika


  1. Grind pepper, coriander, and coffee beans in a spice grinder or pepper mill; add salt. Press spice mixture onto both sides of steaks, then put in large plastic food bags or a glass pan.
  2. Combine wine, steak sauce, soy sauce, garlic and paprika; pour over beef.
  3. Close bags or cover dish and refrigerate several hours, turning steaks once or twice. Remove meat from marinade, pat dry with paper towels. Reserve marinade.
  4. Cook steaks over medium coals to desired doneness. Brush with marinade as they cook. Let steaks rest for a few before slicing. (Steaks may be broiled if desired.)
  5. Boil reserved marinade for two minutes to reduce and make foodsafe, adding more wine if desired. Serve with sliced steak.

NOTE: This serves enough for a big cookout. Feel free to substitute smaller or fewer cuts of meat, reserving any extra marinade/rub for another occasion.