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All-Purpose Spice Rub


The next time you're invited to a barbecue, bring a jar of this homemade spice rub; it makes a great gift.

  • Yield: Makes 1 1/4 cups (enough to season 5 to 10 pounds of meat, poultry, or seafood)

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2006


  • 1/3 cup coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Southwestern Rub

  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Chili Powder

Indian Rub

  • Turmeric
  • Curry powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Cardamom

Mediterranean Rub

  • Dried tarragon
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Dill or basil


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar.

Southwestern Rub

  1. Replace some of the paprika with cumin, coriander and chili powder.

Indian Rub

  1. Replace some of the oregano and thyme with turmeric, curry powder, ground ginger, and cardamom.

Mediterranean Rub

  1. Replace some or all the oregano and/or thyme with dried tarragon, marjoram, and rosemary, dill, or basil. Omit the cayenne pepper.

Cook's Notes

Store in an airtight container, away from heat and light, up to 6 months.

Reviews Add a comment

  • nancytobin
    2 JUL, 2011
    I love this rub. The combination of flavors makes it great. It is delicious on chicken as well as pork and the brown sugar gives it a nice, not too sweet, finish. It stores nicely and goes a long way.
  • Joevans
    28 JAN, 2010
    This is a great spice rub. Put it in Christmas Stockings for Christmas and now they are asking for more! So easy!
  • Little_Iowa
    1 APR, 2009
    I gave this spice rub out in in gift baskets three months ago at Christmas and nearly everyone has come back to me to ask for the recipe. I have used it myself and have found that it makes a delicious addtion to chicken and fish.
  • MWetzel
    24 AUG, 2008
    I agree, this IS it! Spicy Sweet Juicy you name it. Nice kick to the great Salt-n-Pep routine.I cant wait to try it on other meats and veggies
  • mmsrjs
    29 JAN, 2008
    THIS IS IT! We need something to give as a "thank you", Since they like all kinds of meat I'm sure they will like this rub. Thanks Martha all 5 of the "Edible Gift Ideas" are great.