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Barbecue Spice Rub Guide 

Barbecue Spice Rub is a combination of ground or powdered spices. These are blended together to be rubbed onto meat or fish before cooking. There are a few methods to cook these meats or fish, the barbecue being a favourite. You can also use other dry heat cooking.

There are various recipes available to make this seasoning yourself at home. Barbecue spice rubs tend to have chilli powder, paprika, ground cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and salt, as common ingredients. But each recipe varies with ingredients and quantities used. Sugar is also commonly used not only for its flavour, but also because it can give the meats or fish a nice glaze.

You can buy all the spices mentioned above online if you don't already have them in your kitchen. As another alternative you can buy pre- made BBQ spice rubs online. There are quite a few different brands offering varied choices in style, spice levels and flavours.

Barbecue Spice Rub Cooking Tips

When using BBQ spice rub I take the meat or fish and apply a good amount, taking care to rub the spices all over it, and making sure it is completely coated. Then leave it. Personally, I like to leave it covered in the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking, as all the flavours get a good chance to penetrate the meat. But if time is of the essence then you can leave it for 30 minutes as this will be ok.

So, really it is a simple case of using a pre made BBQ spice rub you have found online or a recipe you have made at home. Apply it to your chosen meats or fish, and then cooking it. Quite often I enjoy a nice fresh salad with mine.Take a look at the recipe and give it a try.

BBQ Pork with Spice Rub


Serves 4 people.


3 teaspoons powdered paprika.

2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper.

2 teaspoons chilli flakes.

2 teaspoons ground cumin.

4 teaspoons soft brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder.

1 teaspoon onion powder.

4 large pork loin steaks.


Put your pork loin steaks to one side. Then take a medium mixing bowl and simply mix all the ingredients together, making sure that they are nicely blended.

Now take your pork steaks and, using your fingers, sprinkle the mixed spices over the steaks giving a generous covering.  Rub the mixture into the meat and repeat on the other side. Place the prepared steaks onto a tray and cover with some clingfilm. Place in the fridge for 2 hours. If you are short of time 30 minutes will do.

A medium heat is required with your BBQ. Grease the grill first, then place the pork steaks onto the grill. Cooking times on each side should be 5-6 minutes for smaller steaks, and steaks over 3/4” or 20mm should be 6-7 minutes. Make sure you rotate the meat a few times to give an even cook. 

Please do not cover the grill, as it can make the meat tougher to eat.