Carnivore Heaven: Dry-Aged Ribeyes with a Spicy, Smoky Cacao Nibs Rub

Sunday, June 8, 2008

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that Mr. SGCC is a card carrying, dyed-in-the-wool carnivore. In fact, I’ve actually referred to him as a caveman (in the nicest possible way, of course) in the past. He not only loves meat, he lives for it! So, when I came home from work the other day with a hefty package of prime, dry-aged ribeye steaks, he was a happy caveman indeed. And, when Mr. SGCC is happy, we’re all happy!

While I don’t share the same fanatical devotion to beef, I have to admit, those steaks were gorgeous! I really didn’t need to do anything to them at all except toss them on the grill, but then I wouldn’t have had anything to write about. Plus, these splendid specimens of bovine perfection deserved to be showed off a little. Marinating them would have been sacrilegious, so I decided to dress them up with one of my favorite dry rubs – a spicy, smoky cacao nibs spice rub

I normally use this rub on less luxurious cuts of beef, like skirt or flank steak, but I really love the flavors and thought it would work well on these steaks. I was right. The rub gave the steaks just the right amount of “oomph” to transform them from mere excellence into something spectacular!
I found the orginal recipe on the Food Network web site, courtesy of John Scharffenberger. I’ve adjusted a few things and added some others because…..well, just because I’m crazy that way.


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