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Magic Dust Spice Mix Recipe

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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 adjust up if you like it extra spicy.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 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


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

You'll want to keep some in a shaker next to the grill or stove. Keeps indefinitely but won't last long.

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

Yield: about 2-1/2 cups

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.

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 5 out of 5
WOW!!!, Member Jingles1212

I love this stuff. I am addicted to it I use it on almost everything..

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