Easy Indian Barbecue Dry Rub Recipe Idea

OK here’s the rub! Indian barbecue dry rub. This is such an easy barbecue recipe idea and preparation in minutes.

Basically it’s the same ingredients that would go into a Byriani Indian curry, just throw them into a pestle and mortar and grind away – I can smell the aroma already!

Grinding the barbecue dry rub

I think it works best on chicken thighs, just remember to remove the skin from the thighs before applying the rub.

When the great Mogul emperors wanted to put on a really lavish feast, the center piece would be great plates of biryani sometimes requiring two people to carry them.

Indeed even among the masses you could measure a man's wealth by the sort of meat dishes that he served and biryani would always come high up the list.

The recipe below calls for garam masala, a classic Indian spice blend found in many curries. You can buy this ready mixed but if you want to really go the distance you can also make this from scratch - here's the basic recipe:

  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

So once you've made or bought your garam masala, you're ready to go.

Yield:- 3 tablespoons

Preparation Time:- 10 minutes
Marinade Time:- 30 minutes
Cooking Time:- n/a

Total Time:- 40 minutes for preparation


  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt


Of course you can always cheat and use ready ground spices, I won’t tell on you.

Note:- Spices keep their flavour better as seeds that are freshly ground. If you buy ready ground spices you'll find that over time the flavour (and colour) will gradually diminish so only buy in small quantities so that you can guarantee that your spice is as fresh as possible.

Tray of classic Indian spices

Once ground up, just sprinkle over the meat of your choice, give it 30 minutes to "take hold" of the meat and then it's time to cook.

If however you fancy the true Indian experience on a barbecue, check out my recipe for Tandoori Barbecue Chicken.

Related Pages:-

More Great BBQ Rubs
Indian Chicken Kebab
Indian Spiced Marinade
Tandoori Chicken
Chicken Tikka
Kamado Cooking
Barbecue Grill Comparisons

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