All-Purpose BBQ Seasoning

An all-purpose BBQ seasoning that goes well with chicken, pork, or beef. This recipe is easy to make with easy-to-find ingredients, making it perfect to have on hand for seasoning any dish.

White bowl filled with measured spices to make All-purpose seasoning.

This seasoning is a staple in our house. We always have it on hand to use in all kinds of ways.

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Why Make Your Own Seasoning?

The answer to this is simple: It takes better and is usually less expensive than buying it pre-made.

There are no additives or preservatives in homemade seasonings. Many store-bought seasonings have anti-clumping agents in them.

You can also control some of the ingredients, like salt if you are looking to reduce your sodium intake.

Ingredients For All-Purpose BBQ Seasoning

This recipe has eight simple ingredients.

  • Kosher Salt.
  • Demerara Sugar. (Or brown sugar.)
  • White Sugar.
  • Chili Powder.
  • Paprika.
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Onion Powder.
  • Black Pepper.

How To Make This Seasoning

There are two ways to make this seasoning.

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  2. Use a spice grinder to pulse the ingredients together to form a powder.

How To Use All-Purpose Seasoning

This seasoning blend can be used for so many different dishes.

  • Beef. Sprinkle on roasts, burgers, or any other cut of beef to add tons of flavour and create a crust when seared.
  • Chicken. Whether whole chicken or chicken breasts, this seasoning adds a lot of flavour to chicken.
  • Pork. Pork chops or pork shoulder. We have used it on shoulders and butts for pulled pork.
  • Vegetables. Coat vegetables in seasoning before grilling.
  • As a Marinade. We like to pulse the ingredients in a coffee grinder to make a powder. Then mix 1/4 cup of the seasoning with a tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of lime juice to form a marinade.

Can This Recipe Be Made in Advance?

Yes. We make large batches of this seasoning mix and keep it in mason jars in the pantry. We use it so much that we always have it on hand.

This seasoning will last in mason jars for up to 3 months in the pantry or other cool dry place.

All-Purpose BBQ Seasoning

Stacy and Mike
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course seasoning


  • 4 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Demerara sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Store in a mason jar or other air-tight container in a cool dry place.


The ingredients can be pulsed in a spice/coffee grinder to form a powder. The powder version can be used to make a marinade with oil and lime juice. 
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