Magic Dust Seasoning Recipe

Magic Dust
Claire Cohen
Ratings (159)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Makes 2 cups (serves 16)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
47 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
(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", says Barbecue Legend Mike Mills. "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!"

To make it a little more hot and spicy, increase the mustard powder and black pepper to 1/4 cup each.

"Peace, Love, and Barbecue" by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe


  • 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.

  2. Mix all ingredients together and store in a tightly covered container. You'll want to keep some in a shaker next to the grill or stove for easy use.

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

Kitchen Note

  • Store in a covered jar or air tight plastic container for up to 1 year after preparation.