Victor Protasio
Hands-On Time
5 Mins
Total Time
5 Mins
1 cup

Sure, you could buy a rub from the store, but why would you, when it’s so easy to put a delicious one together from spice-drawer staples? Not to mention, your homemade version won’t have any additives or preservatives. This combo is salty-sweet, with just enough of the irresistible familiar flavor of the garlic and onion powders. It truly is “all-purpose.” Try it on grilled steak, roast chicken, roasted vegetables, or even stirred into buttered popcorn. Make it your go-to barbecue party gift for the summer by packaging in a pretty jar.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine paprika, salt, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, orange zest, pepper, and cayenne, if using, in a medium bowl. Use your fingers to rub sugar and zest evenly through dried spices. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Chef's Notes

How to use: Rub chicken, pork, steak, or fish with olive oil, and then season with 1 tablespoon rub for every 1 pound of meat, poultry, or fish. Let stand for 10 minutes before grilling.

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