BBQ Dry Rub Recipes - A Versatile
Mix For All Cuts of Meat

Of my BBQ dry rub recipes this is definitely a favourite. Quick and easy-to-make, it can be used on chicken, pork and beef and is versatile enough to be used as a general seasoning for other home cooked dishes. 

Note: I generally advise using whole spices when making your barbecue rub recipes. If you don't have them all it's perfectly fine to use pre-ground powders. If you do, just reduce the quantities the recipe says by half. So, 2 tablespoons cumin seeds equal 1 tablespoon pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade BBQ Dry Rub Recipes

What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp chili powder
4 tsp mustard seeds
4 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp celery seeds
8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the bay with the cumin, celery, mustard, peppercorns, salt and sugar 
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the chili, paprika and garlic powders
  • Crumble in the basil and thyme. Stir again

Store your barbecue dry rub in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making up a fresh amount.

Note: You could lightly toast the peppercorns, mustard and cumin seeds before grinding. This will add even more flavours to your finished blend. See the grinding page for info on this. (Link opens in new window)

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