DIY BBQ Rub–Lazy Girl All Purpose Barbecue Seasoning

Lazy Girl BBQ Spice Rub

Lazy Girl BBQ Spice Rub

By now you know that I love to make my own dry rubs and seasonings. I am a particular fan of the Trader Joe’s brand BBQ rub, but it’s not organic, and it contains sugar.  So of course I had to make my own version–without the sugar. I find that most things that call for sugar, either need less than the recipe calls for, or  don’t need it at all.  If you want to add sugar to this, then by all means add it, 1 teaspoon of maple sugar won’t kill you, but it really isn’t necessary for this recipe, this seasoning is fantastic all own its own. Also a bit of spice is nice in the recipe but I have made it optional.  My daughter isn’t a fan of spicy foods, so I often leave the spice as a later addition for the grown ups.  This truly is an all purpose seasoning, it taste great on chicken, pork, tofu, or steak.

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: none


2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

1 teaspoon of onion flakes (can sub onion powder)

1 teaspoon of satsuma powder (can sub 2 teaspoons of orange zest)

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of ground coffee

1 teaspoon of himilayan sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)


Directions: Add all ingredients to a small bowl,


Mix well:

imageTransfer to an air tight container until ready to use:



This is such a great seasoning, and it’s not just something to use on grilled meats.  I used it to make oven roasted barbecue chicken the other night, and it was a huge hit!




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Grilled Rib-eye with Spicy Dry-Rub

Grilled Rib-eye with Spicy Dry-Rub

Grilled Rib-eye with Spicy Dry-Rub

Now that it’s warm again, I can cut out a bit of my cooking by having my husband grill for us. He loves rib-eye steaks and it’s fun for me to find different ways to spice them up. I love making marinades for steaks but sometimes it’s fun just to mix a few dry spices together and see what happens. That is exactly what I did here. This dry rub is definitely going into our menu line up again, it is so yummy.  The only problem with allowing my husband to grill the meat, is that he was not as gentle with the meat as I would have been, so I didn’t get great pictures, but trust me when I say, you will love this dry rub.

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Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Servings: Enough seasoning for 1lb Steak double the recipe if you need to season more than one steak.

Ingredients Dry-Rub:

1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Sea salt to taste

Directions: Add the dry spices to a small bowl and mix them together until combined.


Season the both sides of the steak with sea salt, then rub both sides generously with the dry spice mixture.



Place on the grill and let cook  for 7-8 minutes on each side, remove from grill let sit for 5-7 minutes before enjoying.  How easy was that?  I love it when my husband grills;-)


Okay share your favorite dry rub seasoning?  I always buy one, this is the first time that I’ve made my own.