All-Purpose Spice Rub

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

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


  • cup coarse salt

  • ¼ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • ¼ 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

  2. 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.

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