Cacao rubbed steak recipe

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.

Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, American Barbecue
Servings 4 people
Calories 155 kcal


  • 1 piece Tomahawk steak good quality
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

dry rub

  • 2 tbsp cacao beans or cacao powder
  • ½ part fleur de sel
  • ¼ part ground penja pepper
  • ¼ part cinnamon powder


  • Peel the cacao pods and take the bean out. Grind the beans in a blender to a coarse powder.
  • Mix it with the salt, pepper and cinnamon powder.
  • Brush some olive oil on all sides of the steak, and then you sprinkle an even layer of the dry rub on.
  • Start up your smoker to a temperature of 140ºC/284°F and place the steak on the grates. Stick a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and close the lid.
  • Let the steak smoke to a core temperature of 52ºC/125°F and take it out of the smoker.
  • 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.



Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 12gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Smoke, Smoked, Steak, Tomahawk, Tomahawk steak
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