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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.

spices separated on a plate

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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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 26th of March 2024

Love your blog; I've found many great recipes. Question--we need to cut back on sodium in our household, so celery salt and regular salt is too much sodium for us. Should I just cut out regular salt in the rub mix, or sub something else for celery salt!! Thanks!!


Tuesday 26th of March 2024

Hi Beverly, yes, I would try the recipe without the regular salt initially and see how you like it. The celery seed from the celery salt provides great flavor. This is a great seasoning mix to adjust the salt too, as it'll still have great flavor with less salt.

Jim Hochstrasser

Friday 22nd of December 2023

I cannot find how much of each ingredient


Sunday 24th of December 2023

Hi Jim, Full Recipe Ingredients/Instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.


Friday 25th of August 2023

5 Stars!!!


Friday 25th of August 2023

I love this BBQ seasoning! I make it in a small jar and store it in my pantry so it is always ready. I double the recipe so I have plenty on hand. Thank you, Tanya!


Monday 28th of August 2023

Thank you, Carol! So happy you like it. Great idea to double the recipe too.

Bruce Hamilton

Monday 26th of June 2023

Good timing, start of grilling season, thanks Tanya...


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Thank you, Bruce! I hope you enjoy the seasoning.