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Homemade Barbecue Seasoning Mix Recipe

Sweet and spicy, this easy barbecue seasoning mix recipe adds serious flavor to your beef, chicken and pork! Try it on seafood too!

Sweet and spicy, this easy barbecue seasoning mix recipe adds serious flavor to your beef, chicken and pork!

Channel your inner Iron Chef…or Martha Stewart and mix up your own Homemade Barbecue Seasoning Mix. This is a moderately spicy mix that is great for seasoning any kind of meat, seafood or veggies. A great part of making your own is that you can adjust the heat and salt up or down to your own tastes and needs.

There is the healthy aspect of making your own seasoning mix, too. Have you looked at the ingredients on some of those little packets of mix? You may find maltodextrin, modified food starch, disodium inosinate, silicone dioxide and many other chemical additives. Not for me!

Homemade barbecue Seasoning Mix Recipe


Making this seasoning mix is really easy. Just measure the ingredients into a bowl and stir. Mix right in an airtight container if you are going to use it at a later time.

This spice mix can be used for seasoning food before cooking or sprinkle it over cooked meats for a final touch. It can also be mixed with oil and vinegar or lemon juice to make a barbecue marinade.

If you are using the barbecue seasoning mix right away, fell free to substitute brown sugar for the maple sugar. I don’t recommend using brown sugar in a seasoning mix that you will store because of the amount of moisture from the coating of molasses on the sugar granules. You may end up with clumps.


Marinades generally consist of an oil, an acid and seasonings. So gather the ingredients you will need:

  • Acid – to tenderize the meat like vinegars, lemon juice, orange juice or wine.
  • Flavoring – use 1 tablespoon of seasoning mix per 1/2 cup marinade. Add even more flavor with a splash of soy sauce, fish sauce or a drizzle of honey.
  • Oil – holds the marinade together, helps keep the seasonings in suspension and adds moisture to the meat.
  • Salt – helps add flavor, leaves meat tender and juicy. **No additional salt is necessary if salt was added to seasoning mix.

To prepare the marinade –

  • Mix 3 parts of oil to every 1 part of acid used.
  • Add the seasonings and salt to taste.
Homemade barbecue Seasoning Mix Recipe


  • Maple Sugar – maple sugar is pure maple syrup that has had all the moisture removed. It adds maple aroma, flavor and sweetness. It’s available at some grocery stores and online. Substitute granulated sugar if you don’t have maple sugar. Brown sugar is not recommended because its moisture content may cause the seasoning mix to clump when stored.
  • Smoked Paprika – regular paprika is made from dried crushed chilies. Smoked Paprika gets it’s strong smoky flavor from smoking the the same type of peppers before they are crushed. Oak wood is often used for the smoking.
  • Dried Ground Mustard – Hot and savory. Adds the taste of mustard to recipes.
  • Dried Thyme Leaves – adds a warm, woody and minty flavor to cooked dishes.
  • Cayenne – hot and pungent, this is a red powdered spice made from ground dried chili peppers. Cayenne packs some heat so a little goes a long way.
  • Cumin – a nutty, earthy tasting spice with citrus undertones. One of the most used spices in the world, cumin is common in Mexican and Indian cooking.
  • Coriander – complex flavor that is slightly musky, raw and earthy with hints of orange.
  • Garlic Powder – common seasoning made from ground, dehydrated garlic.
  • Onion Powder – common seasoning made from ground, dehydrated onions.
  • Chili Powder – a blend of spices commonly including ancho chile powder, cumin, paprika and Mexican oregano.
Homemade Barbecue Seasoning Mix

If you like making your own homemade spice mixes, you might like to make:

Homemade Barbecue Seasoning Mix


Sweet and spicy, this BBQ seasoning mix adds serious flavor to your beef, chicken and pork recipes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :10 minutes
Total Time :10 minutes
Servings :24
Calories :8
Course :Spice



  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 
  • Store in airtight container for up to 6 months.


If using spice right away, brown sugar can be used in place of maple sugar. If planning on storing, substitute white granulated sugar. The moisture content in brown sugar may cause your stored spice to clump.
To season meat for grilling or oven baking, sprinkle 1 – 2 teaspoons per pound of meat raw meat prior to cooking.
For less heat, reduce cayenne to 1/8 teaspoon or omit.
Dried ground yellow mustard was used for this recipe.
Salt is optional. Add or omit as desired. 1 tablespoon of salt is proportional amount for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 295mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 362IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

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