This turkey rub and gravy is made with coffee, and it's amazing

By Death Wish Coffee — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

This coffee turkey rub will knock your socks off

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Are you looking for something a little daring to spice up a turkey centered meal? Coffee is always the correct answer (duh) and we have our take on a rub and gravy recipe that will make your bird burst with bizazz and you the hero of the Holidays.

A finished turkey made with coffee grounds pictured on a table

This recipe was created by a lovely person named Nancy from Mission Arabica, who said her coffee-rubbed turkey turned out to be a huge success. Coffee is often used as a seasoning for different types of meat, but that doesn't mean it has a coffee-related taste. Instead, it adds a burst of savory flavor to the meat you're cooking.

Here's how to make a turkey rub that is bound to have everyone coming back for seconds.


  • 10-12 lb Turkey
  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups of water or turkey broth


  • 2 Tablespoons finely ground Death Wish coffee
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or fresh pressed
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Turkey juices after roasting
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons flour or corn starch

Turkey Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Take the turkey out of the refrigerator, remove any packaging and giblets, set the turkey breast side up in your roasting pan, and let it sit for about a half-hour to take the chill off. Towel it off to dry out the skin, giving it more crispness when it cooks.
  2. While the turkey dries out, grind the Death Wish Coffee beans and then mix all the rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Before rubbing the turkey, baste the turkey with the olive oil using a basting brush. Then rub the turkey with the coffee rub mixture.
  4. Pour 2 cups of broth or water into the roasting pan. Cover and place in the oven. Reduce the oven temp to 350 degrees.
  5. Baste the turkey with the juices in the pan after the 1-hour mark, which also helps crisp the skin.
  6. The general rule of thumb for roasting a turkey is 13 minutes per pound of turkey. The internal meat temperature should reach 165 degrees in the thigh meat with a meat thermometer before it is considered done.
  7. Take the turkey out of the oven and place on a platter. Cover with foil and allow it to rest while making the gravy.

Gravy Instructions

  1. Bring the turkey juices from the roasting pan to a boil in a medium sized saucepan on the stove. Mix 2-3 tablespoons of flour or corn starch in about a half cup of VERY COLD water.
  2. Whisk the flour mixture into the boiling juices until thickened. If it seems too runny, add a bit more flour or corn starch until it reaches the consistency you like.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 

Related: Black coffee barbecue sauce recipe


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