BBQ Dry Rub Recipes - A Versatile
Blend 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. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my homemade barbecue dry rub recipes)

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

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

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves
  • Grind the bay pieces along with the cumin and celery seeds, peppercorns, salt and brown sugar 
  • Once ground, add to a bowl
  • Stir in the chili, paprika, mustard and garlic powders
  • Finally, crumble in the dried 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 dry toast the peppercorns 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)

Note 2: I always recommend using a good quality rock/kosher/sea salt for using in your homemade mixes as these are are a bit less processed than table salt. If however, you only have table salt available just use that and it'll still season and flavour your grilled meat perfectly.

Ingredient Note:
I generally advise using a few whole spices when making your barbecue rub recipes. But, 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 of cumin seeds equals 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well 
and stir in with the other powders when making.

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