Magic Dust

A sweet and savory spice blend for grilling rubs and marinades

I have a new secret ingredient for you.

Magic Dust.

I learned about it when I made these baked beans from scratch.

It’s pretty much awesome, and it’s pretty much necessary. Always. In your kitchen.

You can use it as a dry rub for your grillin’ meats, add it as a seasoning to sauces, or sprinkle it on rice or french fries, or garbanzo beans. . . .

Opportunities are endless, I’m thinking.

You know what else is awesome about it?

It would make a great gift for a barbecuing fanatic.

Keep it in the back of your mind as a hostess (or host) gift as you head to your next neighborhood cookout.

But also – *ding, ding*, log it away in your memory banks – or on Pinterest, or Clipix, or whatever you use – as a great idea for a homemade Christmas gift for the grillers in your life.

It’s an easy one! See?

I told you I’d point you to some nifty ideas!

Magic Dust

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Sweet, salty, and savory, this rub provides endless opportunity! Think grilling meats, baked beans, and even packaging it up in nifty spice jars and sharing it as a gift!


  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


Mix all ingredients and keep in a tightly sealed container.


Sara | Home is Where The Cookies Are, slightly adapted from



6 thoughts on “Magic Dust

    • Yes, Bridget – I’m sure it could. Brown sugar tends to be a little stronger in flavor, so you might want to cut down a little bit, but I’m sure it would taste yummy too!

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