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Guest post: Beer-and-coffee steak for the road

Submitted by on December 28, 2010 – 4:00 amNo Comment

This guest post by Road Trips for Beer fan Maria Ranier offers a great recipe for steaks that you can prepare ahead of time and throw on a grill or stovetop when you reach your destination – or even when you’re already on the road. We think we might use it for our next tailgating maneuvers at a college or pro game.

All you need for this masterpiece is a road trip, a beer, steaks and a few basic ingredients. Let’s assume you’re heading out for a road trip soon, or that you’re already on one. If you have a refrigerator or cooler and a grill, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world—you’ll eat well with this recipe.


12 oz dark beer, such as Shiner Bock

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp Tabasco

Photo by Dickbauch on Wikimedia Commons4 boneless strip steaks trimmed of fat (and preferably pasture-raised for greater flavor)

3 tbsp finely ground coffee

1 tbsp chili powder

½ tsp cayenne pepper (more if you’re game)

1 tsp salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper


The night before the road trip (or the night before you can get your hands on a grill during the road trip), mix the first three ingredients in a Ziploc bag and add the steaks. Seal and chill in a hotel refrigerator or your personal cooler.

The next morning, mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and, after removing steaks from refrigerator or cooler and patting them dry with towels (paper towels are okay, too), scatter the coffee mix over the steaks. Remove the old marinade from the Ziploc bag and put the steaks back in. Chill again in hotel refrigerator or cooler. Make sure you do this early on in the day so the flavors seep in.

By Rembson, via Wikimedia CommonsCome grilling time (i.e. dinner), take the steaks from the refrigerator or cooler about 20 minutes before putting them on the grill. Heat the grill to high, brushing with oil. When ready, put the steaks on the rack and cook until done to individual taste. Sprinkle with salt or a steak sauce of your choice and enjoy.

Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She writes for the Online Universities site, where recently she’s been researching different types of mechanical engineering degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

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