Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs with Grilled Corn Salad #SundaySupper #GrillTalk

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Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs recipe via I'm Not the Nanny #SundaySupper #GrillTalk

I love steak.

It’s one of my favorite foods. Now that we have a gas grill, we try to grill at least twice a month with beef as our main star. Usually my husband just throws some strip steaks and potatoes on the grill.

Certified Angus Beef® brand

However, I got my hands on some Certified Angus Beef® brand from my local Shoprite and wanted to have a little fun. Certified Angus Beef® brand is a higher quality of beef that’s flavorful, tender and juicy because of the high amounts of marbling. The marbling is actually fat and it keeps your meat from drying out as it cooks. I picked up a chuck eye roast, but you can use any beef cuts recommended for grilling or kabobs. I prefer to cut up my own beef for kabobs but you can save time by buying pre-cut beef.

Cocoa Coffee Spice Rub via I'm Not the Nanny

If you’ve never had a cocoa & coffee rubbed beef, you’re missing out. It sounds like a strange combination, but it works. Unsweetened cocoa powder tastes bitter, as does instant espresso. Perfect for a savory dish like these cocoa and coffee rubbed beef kabobs.

Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs via I'm Not the Nanny

Best of all, this recipe is very easy to assemble and can easily be scaled up for a crowd. The rub will also work on other proteins such as chicken wings or ribs. Yum, now I want to try this rub on some ribs!

Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs via I'm Not the Nanny

Since the flavor of the cocoa & coffee rubbed beef kabobs can be a little intense, serve a palate cleansing side with it. I recommend the tangy & sweet grilled corn salad that I shared a few weeks ago. It’s light, and the tangy flavors will go well with the kabobs.

Get recipe for Grilled Corn Salad

Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs via I'm Not the Nanny

You won’t be disappointed!

Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs

Cocoa & Coffee Rubbed Beef Kabobs

Yield: 10 kabobs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Makes approximately 10 12” long kabobs


  • 2 pounds Certified Angus Beef® brand chuck eye roast or bottom round roast
  • ¼ c instant espresso (or instant coffee)
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • Soak wooden skewers in water while preparing the kabobs.
  • Add all ingredients except beef into a gallon sized ziptop bag or large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Cut rump roast into approximately 1 ½ “ cubes. Add cubed beef into the bag. Close bag and shake thoroughly to coat meat. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Prep and start your grill while the beef marinates in the rub.
  • Carefully slide cubes beef onto the wooden skewers. Leave a small bit of space between the meat. I used 12” skewers and put about 3-4 pieces on each, depending on the size/shape. Leave room on one end of the skewer to be the “handle.”
  • Grill the kabobs over medium high heat until medium (slightly pink in the middle), about 5-7 minutes on each side. Remove to a platter and let rest.
  • If making the accompanying corn salad, grill the corn at the same time as the kabobs. Prepare the salad while the kabobs rest.

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