Barbecue Seasoning - A Versatile Blend
For All Your Favourite Cuts of Meat

This is the recipe to choose if you want an all-purpose barbecue seasoning that's versatile enough to use on all your favourite cuts of meat. It'll season and flavour pretty much everything: chicken, pork, turkey, steak etc, and also doubles up as a tasty general seasoning for soups, stews, casseroles and many other dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)

3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp black peppercorns
4 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp ginger powder
6-8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves
  • Grind the peppercorns, fennel, and cumin seeds, salt and bay pieces
  • Once ground, add to a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, mustard, garlic, ginger and chili powders
  • Finally, crumble in the dried basil and thyme. Stir again

Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.

Note: You could dry toast the cumin, fennel and peppercorns prior to grinding and combining with the other ingredients. This will add even more flavour to your mix. Click here for tips and photos about how to do this. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient Note: I like to use a few whole spices for my blends where I can as these impart the best flavour. If you don't have them whole, it's fine to use a quality pre-ground powder and reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So, for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

After Making Your BBQ Seasoning You May Like to Try...

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