Recipe courtesy of Chris Nielsen

Marlowe's BBQ Dry Rub

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Yield: 11 1/2 cups
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3 cups paprika

2 cups sugar

2 cups garlic powder

1 cup salt

1 cup onion powder

1 cup seasoned salt (recommended: Lowery's)

1/2 cup chili powder

1/2 cup black pepper

1/2 cup Black Magic seasoning, recipe follows

Marlowe's Black Magic:

2 cups onion powder

2 cups garlic powder

1 cup cayenne pepper

1/2 cup white pepper

1/2 cup black pepper

1 cup dried thyme

1 cup dried oregano

2 cups table salt

1 cup paprika

1 cup ground cumin


  1. Blend well, cover and store.

Marlowe's Black Magic:

Yield: 12 cups
  1. Blend well, cover and store.

Cook’s Note

Remember the dry rub is as important to good BBQ as the sauce. When creating a dry rub you want to add seasonings that will add to the complexity of the flavor without being overpowering. Marlowe's BBQ sauce is sweet with subtle fruit undertones; this dry rub is spicy with a late burn. The 2 together combine with the smoke flavor of the meat to create 1 cohesive unit. Black Magic seasoning is an essential part of Southern cuisine and my kitchen is never without it. This seasoning adds extra kick as 1 of the components of Marlowe's BBQ dry rub, but it is also fabulous by itself. Try spicing up your chicken or fish by adding a liberal amount of this seasoning before grilling or pan-frying.