Cacao rubbed steak recipe

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Cacao rubbed steak recipe

When you love coffee, or pure chocolate, you will love this recipe. I’m using cacao beans for seasoning a steak. The bitterness of the cacao and beef is going really good together.

I used real cacao pods to get the cacao beans inside, but you can buy cacao powder if you can’t find the beans.


  • Ingredients
  • A good quality steak
  • Olive oil

For the dry rub

  • Cacao beans or cacao powder
  • ½ part fluer de sell salt
  • ¼ part ground Penja or black pepper
  • ¼ part cinnamon powder

How to

  1. Peel the cacao pods and take the bean out. Grind the beans in a blender to a coarse powder.
  2. Mix it with the salt, pepper and cinnamon powder.
  3. Brush some olive oil on all sides of the steak, and then you sprinkle an even layer of the dry rub on.
  4. Start up your smoker to a temperature of 140ºC (284F) and place the steak on the grates. Stick a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and close the lid.
  5. Let the steak smoke to a core temperature of 52ºC and take it out of the smoker.
  6. Raise the temperature in the smoker and sear the steak to get a nice crust. Then you let the steak rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing it.

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