Magic Dust Spice Mix Recipe

Various spices
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups (120 servings)
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Champion BBQ pitmaster and restauranteur Mike Mills came up with this spice mix that he calls Magic Dust. It can be used on any type of food, barbecued or not. The heat level can be adjusted if you like it milder or extra spicy. You'll want to keep some in a shaker next to the grill or stove. Keeps indefinitely but won't last long.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt, finely ground
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne

How to Make It

1. Mix paprika, kosher salt, sugar, mustard powder, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, garlic, and cayenne together and store in a tightly covered container.

Chef's Note: To make it a little hotter and spicy, increase the mustard powder and black pepper to 1/4 cup each.

Recipe from: Peace, Love, and Barbecue by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe (Rodale)
Copyright 2005 by Mike Mills and Amy Mills Tunnicliffe.

Reprinted with express written permission.