BBQ Rub Recipes - An All-Purpose Blend
Ideal For Slow Cooking Your Meat

Of my BBQ rub recipes this one is a spicy, all-purpose mix of whole spices, powders and herbs. Use this on your juicy slabs of pork and beef, or massage it into your chicken breasts and roast, grill or slow cook until the meat falls off the bone! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: For maximum flavour when making your mixes, I advise using whole spices where possible. If you don't have them all available use pre-ground powders. Just halve the quantities of the whole spices. For example, 3 tablespoons cumin seeds equals 1½ tablespoons pre-ground cumin. 

Homemade BBQ Rub Recipes

What You'll Need: (makes about 1 cup)

4 tbsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp cumin seed
3 tbsp dried marjoram
3 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp onion powder
4 tsp mustard powder
4 tsp sea salt
4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp celery seed

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the cumin, celery, salt, peppercorns and sugar
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the cayenne, paprika, mustard, onion and garlic powders
  • Crumble in the parsley, thyme and marjoram. Stir again

Store your BBQ dry rub in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: You can lightly toast the celery, peppercorns and cumin seeds before grinding for more flavours and aromas. See the grinding page for more info. (Link opens in new window)

How to Use Your BBQ Rub Recipes

Thickly sprinkle all over your meat and gently massage in until it's evenly covered. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour or, better, overnight.

An hour or so before you aim to start cooking, take it out of the refrigerator so the meat can return to room temperature.

Image Links to Other Blends You May Enjoy

Carolina Pork Rub -
Perfect if Pork
is on the Grill

Barbecue Rib Rub -
 For Caramelizing
Your Ribs to

 A Collection of
Dry Rubs For
Fab Home Cooking

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