This homemade BBQ dry rub recipe is a great spice blend to have on hand during barbecue season. Try it as a rub on ribs and steak, and to season chicken nuggets, kebabs and more.
Made with three common seasoning blends (or seventeen individual spices), it’s a triple threat on and off the grill.
You will get plenty of use for it in the off season with meat recipes prepared in the oven and instant pot.
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How to Make Homemade BBQ Dry Rub
You can make this the easy way, if you have these three blends already prepared:
you can combine them in the following ratio:
For TWO tablespoons of homemade BBQ dry rub recipe combine:
- All Purpose Spice Blend (1 tablespoon)
- All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning Seasoning (2 teaspoons)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (1 teaspoon)
For EIGHT tablespoons of homemade BBQ dry rub recipe combine:
- All Purpose Spice Blend (4 tablespoons)
- All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning Seasoning (8 teaspoons)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (4 teaspoons)
However, if you don’t already have these three spice blends made up, you can still make this recipe from scratch by combining the seventeen spices below.
Ingredients in Homemade BBQ Dry Rub Recipe Without Sugar
- Himalayan Salt — ground, enhances the flavors.
- Smoked Paprika — ground.
- Cinnamon — ground, preferable Ceylon cinnamon.
- Garam Masala — You can use homemade garam masala or store bought for convenience.
- Cumin — ground.
- Coriander — ground.
- Turmeric — ground.
- Pepper — freshly ground black pepper or white pepper.
- Ginger — ground.
- Nutmeg — ground.
- Cardamom — ground.
- Cloves — ground.
- Allspice — ground.
If you don’t happen to have most of these individual spices on hand, you can buy the approximate amounts from a store that sells spices in bulk. Buying only what you need will ensure less waste and help you save money at the same time.
Another option is to make the three spice blends from scratch and then combine them in the given ratio. Since these three blends are so useful to have for everyday recipes, you will be able to use them quite often.
Essentially you would be making four spice blends, but they are each so multipurpose that it will be worth your effort in the long run. Just make sure to plan this in advance.
If you have your own version of pumpkin pie spice, all purpose seasoning and masala seasoning you can combine those with a similar result.
Best Uses For Homemade BBQ Dry Rub Recipe
This BBQ spice blend is versatile enough to be used in a wide range of dishes. Enjoy this blend in all your favorite BBQ recipes and try it in some of our favorites:
Best Side Dishes to serve with BBQ
Barbecue dinners conjure up image of traditional side dishes like salad, pasta salad, potato salad, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, grilled vegetables or vegetable kebabs.
Some of our favorite lower carb side dishes that go well with BBQ are:
- Swedish Pizza Salad (cabbage salad similar to coleslaw)
- Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Masala Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
- Quinoa Parsley Salad (Taboulleh)
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Homemade BBQ Dry Rub Without Sugar
- 3¼ teaspoons Salt, Himalayan
- 1 tablespoon Paprika
- 3 teaspoons Cinnamon, Ceylon
- 2½ teaspoons Garam Masala
- 2¼ teaspoons Garlic Powder
- 2¼ teaspoons Onion Powder
- 1½ teaspoons Cumin
- 1½ teaspoons Coriander
- 1¼ teaspoon Cayenne, or Chili Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- ¾ teaspoon Oregano
- ¾ teaspoon Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Ginger
- ¼ teaspoon Allspice
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon Cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon Cloves
- Measure out all ground spices into a medium sized bowl.
- Combine well.
- Pour into a spice jar or air tight container.
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.