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Looking to polish your barbecue game? Our three go-to barbecue spice rubs may just be the flavour boost you’re looking for. 

A tasty dry spice rub is one of the most versatile ingredients. You can use one of these blends on just about anything – steak, fish, poultry, sliced zucchini, sweet potatoes and even halloumi cheese or tofu.

Simply rub the spices into your barbecue fair and grill on a low heat to avoid burning, or slowly cook your meat to serve up a tender, smokey feast.

For the most flavoursome spice rubs, use good quality spices or get out your mortar and pestle and grind your own. These spice rubs will last a few months if they’re not devoured before then.

1. Smokey BBQ Spice Rub

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What you’ll need:

3 tbsp coconut sugar
3 tbsp salt
3 tbsp sweet paprika
3 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp onion powder
6 tsp pepper, ground
3 tsp celery salt
3 tsp cayenne pepper

What to do:

Mix all the ingredients together and rub into your meat, poultry, fish or veg.

2.Refreshing Lemon Rub

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What you’ll need:

3 tbsp salt
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp black pepper, ground
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
zest of two lemons

Mix all the ingredients together and rub into your poultry, fish or veg. If you’re planning to keep the rub, consider drying your lemon zest in a low oven before putting in a sealed jar.

3. Herby Fish Rub

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What you’ll need:

3 tbsp dried chives
3 tbsp dried flat leafed parsley
3 tbsp dried tarragon
3 tbsp green or black peppercorns, ground
3 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp lemon zest, dried

Mix all the ingredients together, using a mortar and pestle if necessary. Salt the fish before rubbing the herb mix into it.

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