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Barbecue Seasoning Recipe

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You have to have a perfect, go-to spice blend to rub on your food for your next barbecue and this seasoning recipe is it! I recently used this on some smoked brisket burnt ends and it really took them to the next level! It pairs nicely with chicken and pork as well, so make sure you have some of this on hand so it is ready to use the next time you fire up your grill.

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What can you put the barbecue seasoning on?

This is a great all-purpose barbecue seasoning blend that gives extraordinary flavor to all your meals. You can even try it on your snacks. Not long ago, I mentioned that I used my Cajun seasoning blend on some buttered popcorn. Well, you can do that with this spice blend as well.

What is barbecue spice seasoning made from?

I always make my rubs from scratch so that I can control the flavors and ensure that I always have the freshest rub possible. You can make a recipe of barbecue seasoning with things already in your pantry and below are some recommendations of ingredients to use as a starting point.

  • Brown sugar
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper
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How to store spices

Keep your spices stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Spices can be stored for quite a while as long as they stay dry and cool. You can even place them into the fridge to extend their shelf life and to help preserve their color.

Follow these guidelines below for approximate shelf life, however, I recommend being much more conservative since their flavor will deteriorate over time.

  • Ground spices: 2-3 years
  • Dried herbs: 1-3 years
  • Whole spices: 4 years

How to use barbecue spice blend

Rub the spice blend all over the raw meat until it is evenly covered. Let the meat sit for at least 15 to 20 minutes for a nice flavor. For even better results, let it sit overnight in the fridge so the flavors soak into the meat and tenderize it.

You can use the oven, stovetop, or grill but make sure it isn’t too hot or too close to the flames. The sugar in this seasoning blend can burn.

You can even make a quick and easy barbecue sauce with this spice blend. Just combine 3 tablespoons of the spice blend with the following:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Water as needed to get it to the consistency you want.


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Barbecue Spice Blend

Yield: 20 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

You have to have a perfect, go-to spice blend to rub on your food for your next barbecue and this is it! There is a good balance of sweetness and a slight bite of heat from the cayenne and chili powder. The cumin and oregano add a great aroma and unique flavor. Stop grabbing the generic barbecue spice form the grocery store, you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost and you will be sure that it is fresh!


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Thoroughly combine all ingredients with a fork.
  3. Transfer the barbecue spice blend to an airtight container and store it for later use.
  4. Now you are ready for your next barbecue!


  • I used my hands to combine all the spices and ensure the blend didn't have any clumps. It may work better to get your hands dirty.
  • You can store this spice blend in an airtight container for up to 3 years.
  • Nutrition Information
    Yield 60 Serving Size 1 tsp
    Amount Per Serving Calories 9Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 111mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g

    Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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