8 Secret Spice Blends That Will Make You A Grilling Star

8 Secret Spice Blends That Will Make You a Grilling Star

Spice up everything from chicken to steak with these easy-to-make spice blends. 

Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub

The secret to this super flavorful spice rub is two tablespoons of ground coffee. The coffee grinds add a complex flavor and they also help tenderize the meat — that means your steak is guaranteed to be juicy and delicious.

Creole Seasoning Mix

This easy-to-make spice blend combines eight ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: paprika, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne, and black pepper. It's great for any recipe that calls for Creole or Cajun seasoning; we love using it on skewered, grilled shrimp.

Curry Seasoning Mix

Give grilled chicken, pork chops, or steak a sweet and spicy kick with this simple combination of nine dried herbs and spices.


Dukkah is an Egyptian condiment that's served with everything from bread to yogurt. Instead of mixing the seeds, spices, and nuts with olive oil to make a dip, try rubbing the blend onto the surface of your steak or chicken before it's grilled for lots of flavor. 


Indian 5-Spice Mix

This flavorful mix of aromatic seeds makes the perfect spice blend for grilled meats. Try toasting the seeds in a frying pan (and cooling them completely) before you grind them into powder for even more flavor.

Smokin’ Dry Rub

Every barbecue master needs a really smoky, all-purpose dry rub. This one is simple to make and keeps well at room temperature in an air-tight container.

Spicy Taco Seasoning

If you love this seasoning blend in ground meat for tacos, why not rub some on your chicken or steaks before you grill them? We promise you won't be disappointed with the results.


The key to this delicious Eastern Mediterranean all-purpose spice blend? Sumac. It has a tart flavor, delicious on chicken and fish, that pairs well with the nuttiness of the sesame seeds and the earthiness of the thyme in this easy-to-make seasoning.