Copycat Trader Joe’s Coffee BBQ Rub Recipe

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Who else loves Trader Joe’s? I know I do ( I hate their parking lot but I love the store). I really have fallen in love with their coffee BBQ rub – so I decided to make it at home. This is the perfect rub for chicken – I have been using it all summer long.

For the best flavor, I suggest using organic spices true Trader Joe’s style, but regular ones will work as well.

Copycat Trader Joe's Coffee BBQ Rub Recipe



  • 2 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange peel


  1. Combine all spices in a small bowl and stir together. Place in an airtight container or jar. Store for up to 6 months. Perfect on steaks, hamburgers, chicken and pork.