Cocoa-Coffee Rubbed Smoked Ribeye

September 05, 2020 0 Comments

Quite simply put, today's recipe is for an incredible steak! We're making a cocoa-coffee rubbed smoked Ribeye in the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. The, we will finish it at high heat in a cast iron skillet to get the sought after Maillard reaction. 

Cocoa-Coffee Rubbed Smoked Ribeye

Now, if you've never used cocoa with steaks, I hope you'll pause and give it a try. I promise your steak will not taste like chocolate!


  • 1 1.5 lb or larger NY Strip Steak
  • 1 tsp finely ground coffee
  • 1 tsp Chipotle powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried garlic
  • 2 tbsp duck fat (duck fat withstands high heat)

Recipe Instructions

  1.  Heat the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (or your favorite smoker) to 275 degrees F. I used pecan wood for a nice mild smoke flavor.
  2. Cook to 125 degrees F which for this cook took 45 minutes. Your cook time may take less.
  3. Add the duck fat to the skillet on high.
  4. Once the skillet is heated, add the steak and cook 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, flip and cook for another 1-1:30 minutes.
  5. Remove the steak from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice and serve!

For the step-by-step instructions for pulling this easy steak recipe together, watch our video.

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