One of my many favorite steaks is the coffee cured steak at Stoney River Legendary Steaks. Man this steak is simply awesome. Just writing this is making me hungry. So my test kitchen came alive. I wanted to add something special to the beef brisket. If this steak was that good the brisket would have to be great as well. I had heard about some other Barbequer's that did this too. I believe it is Tim Byers of Smoke Restaurant in Dallas,Texas that is most known for his Texas Coffee Cured Beef Brisket.
So why does this work. Any curing is done with salt, which draws the moisture of the meat to its surface. This moisture then combines with the salt and any other flavors and penetrates the meat during the cooking process.
Why Coffee? The coffee is already an earthy flavor. Which blends well with the smoke. Another earthy flavor.
Start simple and you won't mess this up. For one Brisket mix 3 tablespoons Salt, 2 Tablespoons pepper, then 4 tablespoons of Coffee. If you have a favorite coffee us it. If your not a coffee drinker start mild. I liked the House Blend from Starbucks. This is where you can really experiment with this. My favorite is probably the Starbucks French Roast. I know I keep saying Starbucks, but they make great coffee.
My only real coffee recommendation. Don't by the cheap Folgers kind. I tried it and I was not impressed at all. It lacked the real flavor that you want to infuse in the brisket. If this is your main coffee then OK, but I warned you.
I do use Coffee in my Beef Brisket Rub. Don't be surprised if others do and don't tell you. It is a flavorful way to make some Righteous 'Que.