Grill Seasoning Recipe

Instead of boring bottled spice mixes, make your own batch of grill seasoning for meat, fish, or vegetables with all of Dad’s favorite flavors.

When you make your own, you have control over the ingredients and the flavor. Basic blends include salt, red and black peppers, additional flavor from garlic salt or onion powder, chili powder, dried herbs, and warm spices like cumin, cloves, and cinnamon can turn up the volume. Bottled grill seasoning blends are frequently expensive, heavy on the salt and preservatives, and lacking in flavor.

Simply combine the ingredients, transfer to an airtight container, and store in the pantry for up to 6 months. If you’re giving the recipe as a gift, create a unique label for your jar.

Don’t forget the vegetables; pick hardy ones that will hold up on the grill like squash, onions, eggplant, peppers, corn on the cob, and mushrooms. Sprinkle your homemade blends on fish, steaks, chicken, and pork, or mix with oil for an instant marinade.

Here are my favorites for beef and pork, and I also called on a few culinary experts for their favorite combos, whether you’re grilling salmon, skinless chicken breast, or juicy steaks.

Coriander-Cumin Powder: To make this powder, dry-toast 2 tablespoons each of cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan, let them cool, and then grind them into a fine powder.

Registered dietitian Gita Patel is also the author of the forthcoming cookbook Blending Science with Spices.

Owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which focuses on culinary and sports nutrition, Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian and certified athletic trainer.

How to make BBQ Seasoning | Easy Recipe

Barbecue Spice Blend 🔗

You have to have a perfect, go-to spice blend to rub on your food for your next barbecue and this is it! There is a good balance of sweetness and a slight bite of heat from the cayenne and chili powder. The cumin and oregano add a great aroma and unique flavor. Stop grabbing the generic barbecue spice form the grocery store, you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost and you will be sure that it is fresh!

Prep: 5min

Total: 5min

Serving Size: 1 tsp

Nutrition Facts: calories 9 calories, Carbohydrate 2 grams carbohydrates, Cholesterol 0 milligrams cholesterol, Fat 0 grams fat, Fiber 0 grams fiber, Protein 0 grams protein, Saturated Fat 0 grams saturated fat, servingSize 1 tsp, Sodium 111 grams sodium, Sugar 1 grams sugar, Trans Fat 0 grams trans fat, unSaturated Fat 0 grams unsaturated fat


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Thoroughly combine all ingredients with a fork.
  3. Transfer the barbecue spice blend to an airtight container and store it for later use.
  4. Now you are ready for your next barbecue!


What is grill seasoning made of?

Chili powder, dried herbs, and warm spices like cumin, cloves, and cinnamon can amp up the flavor of basic blends like salt, red and black pepper, and additional flavor from garlic salt or onion powder.

What is the best seasoning to grill with?

Black pepper is THE spice to pair with the smoky, charred flavors that can only come from grilling because of its resinous flavor and piercing heat. Sweet onion is the ideal spice pairing for grilled everything. Ground cumin. Smoked paprika. Oregano. Crushed red pepper. Turmeric. Thyme.

What can I use instead of mesquite powder?

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, dried rosemary, and dried sage, 1/4 teaspoon each of black pepper and dry mustard.

Can you put seasoning on the grill?

If you want to wait or need to wait until later, that’s okay, too. Keep in mind that you don’t have to wait for the spices to seep into the meat after applying the dry rub. You can put your meat right on the grill after applying the dry rub.

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