BBQ Rub For Chicken - The Perfect Blend of
Spices and Herbs For Your Poultry

The Grill is fired up, you have a plump chicken ready and all you need now is a flavour packed BBQ rub for chicken! And this super easy-to-make blend of dried herbs and spices fits the bill perfectly. It's also versatile enough to use on your turkey and game birds if that's what you're cooking. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Barbecue BBQ Rub For Chicken

What You'll Need: (makes about 12 tablespoons)

3 tbsp paprika powder
2 tbsp white peppercorns (or black)
2 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried sage
4 tsp mustard seeds
4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp turmeric
8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves
  • Grind the bay with the mustard seeds, peppercorns, rosemary and salt
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, garlic, onion, cayenne and turmeric
  • Crumble in the basil and sage. Combine thoroughly

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

Note: Usually I recommend using as many whole spices as you can for your homemade mixes as these will impart the best flavours. However, if you don't have them whole you can use pre-ground powders if you reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So for 2 tablespoons of whole peppercorns you would use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground pepper. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well.

How I Use This Chicken BBQ Rub

If you have your own preferred way just keep on doing that...

Sprinkle thickly and evenly over your chicken (or turkey) and lightly massage in.

Cover with plastic wrap or put into a sandwich bag and place in your fridge for at least an hour or two or, better, overnight. The longer you leave it, the more the flavours will soak into the flesh.

An hour before your planned cooking time, take it out of the fridge and let it return to room temperature.

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