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Coffee-Rubbed Tri-tip

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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.
 
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Step 1: Preparing the rub

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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.

Step 2: Preparing the Meat for it's Hot Tub Bath

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Tri-tip is one of my favorite cuts of beef.  It's relatively lean and if cooked and sliced properly is tender and flavorful.

I like to trim all of the fat that I can off the outside of the roast.  This is an especially important step since I'm preparing my meat sous vide, so the fat won't render the same way it would in a pan.

Once your meat is trimmed, pat it dry with a paper towel and apply the rub using your hands.  Cover the entire roast using all of the rub, pressing it into the meat.

This looks sooooo good. I think I'll have to make this for my boyfriend soon. :D
NATES PLATES (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
just be prepared for him to fall even more deeply in love with you
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Clearly, NatePotate and I are of the same mind.
NATES PLATES (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
:)
That sounds really good right now!