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3 Homemade Pork Seasoning Blends

3 Homemade Pork Seasoning Blends

While seasoning pork can be simple with salt and pepper, these seasoning blends are the perfect balance of classic sweet and savory flavors to spice up any pork dish! There is no need to buy pre-mixed seasonings when it takes 2 minutes to make each blend with simple pantry ingredients. The blends are extremely versatile so swap in your favorite spices to amp up that heat level or tone it down with some sweetness. Whether you’re pan searing, grilling, slow cooking or smoking pork, the seasoning blends are delicious in any preparation! These blends not only taste great on pork but they can also be used on beef, chicken, lamb or even veggies!

How much rub to put on pork?

Use about 1 tablespoon of seasoning per pound of meat. However, a general rule of thumb: whatever can stick, stays! Before adding seasoning, pat the meat dry with paper towels. If the meat is too wet the seasoning won’t stick as well. Dry meat will also get a better sear than wet meat. After adding seasoning make sure to shake off any excess before cooking.

3 Homemade Pork Seasoning Blends

Makes: About ½ cup each blend

All Purpose Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp ground black pepper

Sweet & Smoky Seasoning Blend
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chili powder

Cajun Seasoning Blend
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes


  1. Mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl or jar.
  2. Keep seasoning blends in an airtight container if you don’t plan to use the whole amount right away. Seasoning blends can last up to a year in the pantry.