By JJ Virgin

BBQ Spice Rub


July 20, 2016

This smoky blend is perfect for grilled meat, poultry, or fish. It also makes a great seasoning for baked sweet potatoes or slow-roasted almonds or walnuts.

Pairs well with All-Purpose Finger-Lickin'-Good BBQ Sauce.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Yields: Approximately 6 tablespoons


2 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Double or triple the recipe and keep the rub in a sealed jar in your spice cabinet.

This recipe is part of the Backyard BBQ menu, with BBQ Glazed Chicken, Tex-Mex Burgers with Avocado Salsa, Cucumber & Radish Salad, and Blueberry Sorbet. Check out the Backyard BBQ Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for the best backyard BBQ ever!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tablespoon
Sodium390 mg
Protein0 grams
Total Fat0 grams
Saturated Fat0 grams
Total Carbohydrates4 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram