Making your own BBQ rub spice blend takes just a few minutes! If you’ve read my post about the harmful spices in your cabinet, you probably know why making your own is such a good idea. (If not, see below). I use this rub for my Instant Pot BBQ Ribs, but it is also great for barbecue chicken and other other dish that you need a BBQ flavor for.

Why you should make your own spice blends instead of buying packets:

  • The spice packets are particularly harmful because they often contain neurotoxins such as monosodium glutamate
  • Often, they contain dextrose, which is just another name for processed sugar. 
  • Some contain the ubiquitous maltodextrin. (Go here to learn 5 dangers of Maltodextrin).
  • They usually contain “natural flavors” which sounds harmless enough. Unfortunately, a natural flavor isn’t what is sounds like. The term can hide anywhere from 50-100 ingredients!! (source) Most natural flavoring is a lab-derived flavoring that at one point in time in history had been taken out of a real food. They can then be chemically modified. After that, they add solvents and preservatives that you most likely wouldn’t want to consume if you knew they were in there.

Why you should choose organic herbs and spices:

Conventionally grown herbs and spices turn something that was once medicinally valuable into something that is an additional toxic burden on your body.

  • Herbs and spices that are conventionally grown are loaded with pesticides. Your body has enough hard work to do detoxing from our world we live in today. It doesn’t need the added burden of detoxing your spices as well. 
  • They are irradiated. Herbs and spices (as well as other foods) are irradiated to kill bacteria and other contaminants. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well, the process of irradiation depletes the vitamins and minerals significantly. So, that oregano that was such an antiviral and antibacterial powerhouse is now reduced to just a bit of flavor. 
  • Some herbs are genetically modified and some spice blends include genetically modified ingredients.
  • They often contain synthetic ingredients to avoid caking.
  • Many of the herbs and spices in those bottles have already lost whatever potency they had left after irradiation simply because they have been on the shelf for so long (or in your cupboard for so long).


Homemade BBQ Rub Spice Blend


BBQ Rub Spice Blend Ingredients:

Directions for BBQ Rub Spice Blend:

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or container and mix. Use immediately or store in a cool, dry place. 

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BBQ Rub Spice Blend

Make your own BBQ spice rub in just a couple of minutes!
Prep Time 2 minutes


  • /2 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon homemade steak seasoning or organic steak seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne optional


  • Combine all ingredients and mix well. Use immediately or store in a cool, dry place.
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Do you make your own spice blends? Which are your favorite to make?