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All Purpose Spice Rub

Makes 1 1/4 cups

(enough to season 5-10 lb. of meat, poultry or seafood)

Recipe from Martha Stewart



1/3 cup coarse salt

1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/4 cup paprika

2 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Southwestern Rub



Chili Powder

Indian Rub


Curry powder

Ground ginger


Mediterranean Rub

Dried tarragon



Dill or basil


  1. For the base recipe: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar. 
  2. Southwestern Rub:Replace some of the paprika with cumin, coriander and chili powder. 
  3.  Indian Rub: Replace some of the oregano and thyme with turmeric, curry powder, ground ginger, and cardamom. 
  4. Mediterranean Rub: Replace some or all the oregano and/or thyme with dried tarragon, marjoram, and rosemary, dill, or basil. Omit the cayenne pepper.
  5. Store in a clean dry container.