Well hello there fellow BBQ lovers ?, did this little pot of spicy madness catch your eye!
This is my go-to little pot of seasoning when I want to add a little herb and spice explosion to my meals. When I’ve had enough of adding curry powder or thai curry pastes to my soups, stews, curries, or meat rubs (I can never get enough of Indian and Thai flavoured food but, you know, we need to change things round everyone and then) I reach for a jar of BBQ seasoning.
And not the one bought from the store ?
Nooooooooo… We don’t need no jar of spices topped up with rice flour (or any other filler) to make things go further for less. No, we want our money’s worth, am I right!
And so, having used this blend in a few recipes – this supercharged, fully loaded blend, may I add – I thought it was about time my little pot of BBQ seasoning found its own little spot on the wide, wide web ??. And here it is on its very own blog post – just in time for May; the month dedicated to barbecuing and all BBQ related foods!?
If you are not a herb and spice, flavour explosion fan then I think this BBQ seasoning may not be for you. It is chockablock full of herbs and spices. 11 in fact which include: paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic power, onion powder, oregano, thyme, black pepper, allspice salt…
And cayenne pepper which, depending on your affinity for all things spicy, will give you as much a kick of chilli – or as little – as you want.
As I said, this is a bitchin’ BBQ seasoning blend that is not for the faint hearted, but ideal for the brawny palette possessing foodies who want nothing more than their food to explode with all those amazing flavours!
There’re two reasons why I love this herb and spice blend so much:
Reason #1 – Paprika
I don’t know if you remember – or were even following this blog back then – but back in March, when I posted this One Pan Paprika Chicken recipe, I had just rediscovered my love – neigh, my undying love – for paprika because, for some tastebud-amnesia-inflicted reason, I had forgotten that Paprika is one of my favourite spices and needs more recognition than it deserves.
And what better way to celebrate this great herb than make a spice blend of which it is the star?!?!?
Forget cumin, coriander and turmeric right now. They are the backing dancers to the prima ballerina; the extras to the movie star; the choir to the maestro. They are nothing but an accompaniment, here to make the one in the spotlight look even better than it already is.
Paprika is the smoky, sweet and spicy tones behind the flavours of the BBQ and, in my blend, it never leaves the spotlight!
Paprika ♥️ 4ever
It is May, the national month of the Barbecue (at least in the US).
I love barbecuing; nothing defines summer better than standing outside in my backyard, beer ? in hand, turning food over on the barbecue (or standing in my back yard, drinking a beer?, and watching the Paramedic turning food on the barbecue, offering him suggestions on how I would complete the task differently ?)
But, unlike those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, on the brink of summertime, we, here in the Southern Hemisphere, are on the cusp of winter.
Now winter here in Sydney is hardly the barren, icy, frost-bite inviting affair some of you have to deal with; we rarely get below 5°C (41°F) and icy roads, snow, frost or anything typically wintery is almost unheard of here in the city and lowland surrounds.
But it is still cold, wet, dark and absolutely NOT BBQ weather. It’s more sit inside under a blanket and watch Netflix weather (with the summertime beer swapped, of course, for wine?)
So having this little pot of fully loaded BBQ seasoning is just the perfect way to make my winter, comfort foods taste a little like summer.
Because that is the great thing about herb and spice blends; you can use them in anything you like from stews and pot roasts, to grilled meats and tacos.
And, if you need even more inspiration then you could always try these:
- BBQ flavoured Spelt Flour Crackers
- BBQ Bourbon Spare Ribs
- Homemade crackers – add the BBQ seasoning instead of the thyme
- Sweet Potato and Cashew Dip (add 1 tsp, and adjust to taste)
- Tandoori Cauliflower Bites (use the BBQ blend instead of the curry powder and they become BBQ cauliflower bites, zing!)
- Use it instead of Ras el Hanout spice paste in these Roasted Chickpeas
Or simply rub it on to meat or veggies before throwing them on the BBQ.
The options are endless. Happy BBQ Month everyone!
Make Your Own BBQ Herb & Spice Blend
Prep Time: 5 mins || Makes: 1/2 cup
- 3 Tbsp Paprika (sweet-smoked if you can get it or use 1 1/2 Tbsp sweet paprika and 1 1/2 Tbsp smoked)
- 2 Tbsp ground Cumin
- 1 1/2 grund coriander
- 1 1/2 ground Garlic powder
- 1 1/2 Onion powder
- 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar (optional)
- 1 TYbsp Dried organo
- 1/2 Tbsp dried Taragon
- 1/2 Tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 – 2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
- In a bowl, combine stir together all ingredients until well combined. Simple.
- Can store indefinitely in an airtight jar.