Can't go to cookoff? Try these steak recipes at home!

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- When it comes to world-class barbecue, Texas is king! If you can't make it to this year's cook off, you can still get a taste of how the pros do it.

Grand Champion grill master Randy Pauly says a few simple ingredients from the pantry can turn a bargain beef into a masterpiece.

For the rub recipe, he picked up four slices of cubed steak for under $6.

Coffee Rub


  • 1/4 cup ancho chili powder

  • 1/4 cup finely ground espresso

  • 2 tablespoons Spanish paprika

  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons chili de arbol powder

  • 4 steaks on sale any cut

  • Canola or olive oil

  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper


  • Combine all spices in a bowl.

  • Preheat a cast iron pan over high heat.

  • Brush each side of the steak with oil and then season each side liberally with salt and pepper.

  • Rub 2 tablespoons of the coffee rub onto one side of each steak.

  • Cook the steak, rub side down until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Flip the steak over, cook for 3 minutes.

Coffee Fajita Marinade


  • 1 pot brewed coffee (12 cups reduced to 8 cups nice and strong)

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 2-3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 whole limes juiced

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Use a 3" deep pan

  • Mix everything and stir

  • Place skirt of flank steak in sauce at marinade at least 24 hours

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