Magic Dust Barbecue Seasoning

Magic dust spice rub

The Spruce

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
47 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 47
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1855mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 2g
Calcium 38mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

"There's a big shaker of Magic Dust next to the salt and pepper in my own kitchen and at all my restaurants," barbecue legend Mike Mills says. "I wish I could figure out a way to attach the bottle to the restaurant tables because at my restaurants, it's the most frequently stolen item!"


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  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt (finely ground)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for magic dust spice rub
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  2. Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered container. 

    Magic dust spice rub
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  3. Use with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, fish, seafood, or vegetables, and enjoy.


  • Store in a covered jar or air tight plastic container for up to 1 year after preparation​.
  • Keep some in a shaker next to the grill or stove for easy use. 
  • In addition to seasoning food at the table, this mixture can be used as a dry rub on beef, chicken, pork, fish, seafood, and vegetables.
  • To make it a little more hot and spicy, increase the mustard powder and black pepper to 1/4 cup each.

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