Barbecue Spice Rub - Add Fab Flavours to Your
Meat Whether Grilling Frying or Oven Cooking

Whether you're smoking, grilling, barbecuing or frying, a quality barbecue spice rub rub is just the thing for seasoning and flavouring your favourite cuts of meat. This easy to make blend of herbs, spices and a little sugar, is super versatile and will work with anything you throw on the grill. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: I recommend using a few whole spices for this recipe as they'll add the best flavours. However, if you don't have them all, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. For example, for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you would 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.

Homemade Barbecue Spice Rub

What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons) 

3 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp mustard powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
4 tsp paprika
4 tsp dried thyme
4 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp allspice berries
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, sugar, peppercorns, allspice, cumin and cloves
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the garlic, mustard, chili, onion and paprika powders
  • Crumble in the dried thyme and basil and give another stir

Store in an airtight jar in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: You could dry toast the whole spices before grinding and combining with the other ingredients. The heat from the toasting releases massive amounts of flavour and is recommended. 

See the grinding page for further photos and info on this. (Link opens in new window)

After Making Your BBQ Spice Rub You May Like to Try...

A Basic BBQ Rub For
All Cuts of Meat 

Pork TenderLoin Mix

A Collection of Poultry 

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