For my inaugural Instructable, I've combined two of my loves, COFFEE and MEAT. I've taken my custom coffee-based meat rub, and applied it to a whole tri-tip roast. To take it over the top and to ensure thorough coffee flavor and perfect medium-rare meat, I prepared the tri-tip sous vide, and BOY WAS IT GOOD!
I've prepared tri-tip in this way before without cooking it sous-vide and it was perfectly delicious, so if you don't have an immersion circulator, I've included cooking instruction using a large cast-iron skillet instead.
Step 1: Preparing the rub
To prepare this simple meat rub, you will need paprika, finely ground garlic powder, ground black pepper, sea salt and some high quality ground coffee. I like Weaver's which is a company local to me. A finer grind setting (like espresso) seems to work best in terms of the texture of the rub.
Simply measure into a bowl, and mix:
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1.5 tsp sea salt (I prefer coarse ground, especially if the meat is going to be grilled)
2 tsp ground coffee
I made this amount of rub anticipating using it all to season a tri-tip that was a little under two pounds.