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Homemade BBQ Seasoning

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This BBQ Seasoning is the perfect blend of spices for to create your favorite barbeque flavor. With only 7 ingredients, you can make your own spice mix and pour it on your favorite meat, veggies, and so much more.

bbq seasoning in a bowl, mixed, with a spoon in the middle

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I’m no newbie when it comes to making spice mixtures from scratch. I like to have premade mixes on hand when I need to season something quickly and don’t feel like searching through the hundreds (ok, maybe not that many) spices I have in my cupboard.

This BBQ spice seasoning is a favorite of mine. It only has 7 ingredients and can be made ahead for times when you want a quick dry rub for meats, seasoning for vegetables, or even bbq flavored crispy chickpeas.

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What is in BBQ Spice Seasoning?

I’ve tried many homemade spice mixtures, some with a little ingredients and some with a whole lot. I found that this mix was simple and delicious. I use the following:

-smoked paprika

-brown sugar

-celery salt

-garlic powder

-dry mustard


-black pepper

The smoked paprika is a must in my opinion for that nice smoky flavor.

Celery salt is a common ingredient I use in marinades. I also use it for this sweet and sour dressing in this salad. 

Using BBQ Seasoning as a Rub for Meat?

I use dry rubs a ton when seasoning meat quickly for a weeknight. I like to coat my meats heavily with it, making sure it’s fully covered. Here’s a great list of tips for applying a dry rub to your meats.

bbq seasoning in a jar with bbq spice label

How long will a dry rub store?

There are so many factors that go into how long spices will last. This recipe makes a batch that will be good for about 2 recipe uses. I use about 2-3 Tbps each time. So for me, it doesn’t tend to get stored for longer than 2 months.

If you want to modify the recipe or double it, triple it, etc, change the serving size in my recipe card below and it will automatically adjust the amount of ingredients needed 🙂

I hope you enjoy this rub as much as we do.

This is great paired with our Homemade BBQ Sauce. Use both on chicken and pork, like these ribs.

Looking for other spice mixtures? Try these out:

Egyptian Dukkah Spice

Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

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Homemade BBQ Seasoning

This homemade bbq seasoning is great for dry rubs, vegetables, or any other bbq flavored foods you love. 
Course spices
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq seasoning
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 33kcal
Author Tanya



  • Mix ingredients in a bowl. Enjoy 🙂


Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe if you like. Change the serving size in this recipe card to modify the ingredients.
Store in an airtight container for future uses.
Useful tools:
Spice jars with labels


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 2911mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1725IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Wednesday 12th of April 2023

Thank you for sharing this spice mix it is perfect. I will be keeping this on hand.


Thursday 16th of September 2021

I love this spice and so does my family. It tastes great, is easy and quick to make and it stores well.


Thursday 16th of September 2021

Thanks Diane! So glad you all like the recipe :)


Friday 16th of October 2020

I always make extra seasoning. It’s so delicious! I’ve only used it on the air fryer ribs so far. They come out perfect every time! Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes!


Friday 16th of October 2020

Thank you Catherine :)


Sunday 4th of October 2020

Hi there..Great blog...Your recipes are so appealing..also your rub looks amazing. What proportions do you use of each ingredient? I would love to try with my new air fryer.


Monday 5th of October 2020

Hi Helene, Thank you. There's a recipe card at the bottom of the post that lists the full ingredient list and amount of each ingredient.


Saturday 4th of July 2020

I did not have celery salt so I used flakes and substituted garlic salt for the powder. Hopefully it doesn't change the outcome too much.