In a collaboration with a local coffee roaster that's also informed by his Hmong heritage, Minneapolis chef Yia Vang developed this earthy, spicy steak rub. Resist the urge to trim your steaks, he says. Fat dripping into the fire triggers smoke, which ramps up flavor.
Also called gochugaru, Korean chili flakes are chopped more finely than regular crushed red pepper and have a deep hue, smoky-fruity flavor and mild to medium heat. Thai chili flakes are similar but have a bit more kick. Look for both in Asian markets and online.