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Barbecue Dry Rub

This easy homemade barbecue dry rub is an all-purpose, lick-your-lips seasoning mix that you can shake on all the things. It is our go-to dry rub!

BBQ Seasoning Mix

Homemade BBQ Dry Rub

Easy, versatile, and flavorful barbecue dry rub for almost anything you want to grill. Burgers. Ribs. Pork Chops. Chicken. It all goes with this awesome homemade seasoning mix. Pretty much anything you find in our Traeger Recipes collection would be better with some of this on it, so don’t be shy!

What can you use this dry rub on?

All the things, including but not limited to:

If you need some other ideas for just what to put this rub on, I have some great ones for you!

Our Grilled Pork Tenderloin is perfect for this, and while you are at it, make it with my Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, and this Perfect Grilled Asparagus.

BBQ Seasoning Mix

I finally convinced my husband to share his “secret” bbq seasoning mix that he uses on almost ALL of our grill-bound meats, and I can’t wait for you to try it!

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We really don’t have any secret recipes – just to be clear. The entire reason I started this blog way back when in 2010 was because I was tired of writing and re-writing my recipes to share with friends and family, and wanted somewhere central to point them to.

BBQ Seasoning Mix

The rest, as they say, is history! 6 years, hundreds of published recipes, several children, a new career, and many many adventures later, you’re all still stuck with me here.

BBQ Seasoning Mix

Barbecue rubs are so easy to make, and very easy to customize. If you want this one a little spicier, you can increase the cayenne pepper in the mix.

Less spicy? Just omit it.

Have a favorite seasoning that is omitted from this mix? Toss some in.

Experiment with your cooking, and have fun with it! I know next time I’ll be throwing in some bacon salt that I just found at the store today. YUM.

Yield: 5 meals

DIY BBQ Seasoning Mix

BBQ Seasoning Mix

Easy DIY bbq dry rub that'll elevate almost anything you can throw on a grill. Make this, keep it, savor it.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt


  1. Mix together all ingredients and sprinkle on meats before grilling.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 786mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Saturday 24th of April 2021

I use a 1/2 pint mason jar to put my rub in. I cut the top off a cardboard 1/2 gl milk container with the plastic screw cap. Once you cut the top off the milk, lay it out flat, trace the top of the 1/2 pt jar, cut out the gasket, put on the jar, tighten with a jar ring. Good Luck.


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

How can a serving have 0 sugar if 1/3cup brown sugar is used??

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Hi Ty! I think you are reading the nutrition info incorrectly. It says SUGAR: 12g in the nutrition area. Thanks!

Chris Spurgeon

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

Where did you get that shaker top for a canning jar? That looks amazing!


Monday 13th of March 2023

@Chris Spurgeon, I use tops from parmasean cheese!!spin on nicely!!

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 2nd of February 2019

They are the best! I got them from the grocery store, but you can find them on Amazon here!

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