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10 DIY Dry Rubs & Spice Mixes For Any Meat

10 DIY Dry Rubs & Spice Mixes For Any Meat

Spice up your weekly meal prep routine with these DIY dry rubs and spice mixes. Herbs and spices can transform any piece of meat into something flavorful and unique! It’s so simple to make a big batch ahead of time and then store them in an airtight container for up to 4 months. Even better, these spice mixes can be used to amp up your veggies too.


What’s the difference between a Dry Rub and Spice Mix?

Dry Rub: Dry rubs are used before cooking to add flavor and texture. These rubs can be generously used with any combination of herbs, spices, sugar and salt.


Spice Mix: Spice mixes are a blend of dried spices, herbs, salt and/or sugar. These mixes can be used before and after cooking to add flavor or to enhance the dish.


DIY Dry Rubs 

All-Purpose Rub: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tbsp chili powder & 1 tbsp kosher salt

Steak Seasoning Rub: 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp ground black pepper

Sweet & Spicy Rub: 2 tsp cacao, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper

BBQ Rub: 2 tbsp white sugar, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cumin, 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp ground black pepper, 1 tbsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp paprika

Classic Roast Dry Rub: 3 tbsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp onion powder, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp dried parsley, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1 tbsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp ground black pepper.

Italian Seasoning Rub: 4 tbsp dried basil, 1/2 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 2 tbsp dried rosemary, 1 tsp dried tarragon


Spice Mixes

Taco Seasoning: 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Fajita Seasoning: 1 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp paprika, 2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp garlic powder

Chili Seasoning: 1/2 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp cayenne, 1 tsp salt

Sloppy Joe Seasoning: 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp kosher salt & 1 tsp black pepper.

Please note: When mixing your dry rubs and spices adjust based on your taste preferences. These blends are basic guidelines, so mix them up and use what's in your pantry!