6 Essential Spices for BBQ Grilling

Using these "6 essential spices" for your BBQ is bound to keep friends coming back!
Using these "6 essential spices" for your BBQ is bound to keep friends coming back! | Source

BBQ Grilling Spices

Salt and pepper should never be the only summer spices found at your outdoor cookouts! These tips for using "6 Essential Spices for Your BBQ Grilling" will take your average grilled foods to new heights. Improve your regular meat rub and marinade repertoire by including Coriander, Cumin, Cinnamon, Smoked Paprika, Chile Flakes, or Garlic Powder to any grilled recipe . You will find an amazing result consisting of deeper flavor, richer taste, and more inviting aromas. The essential grilling spices here create outdoor dishes that transcend all other smoke flavored memories! You just can't beat the tasty BBQ flavors offered by the "6 Essential Spices for Your BBQ Grilling" this summer! Now go grab something fun to grill!

"Coriander and cilantro" have a relative history!"
"Coriander and cilantro" have a relative history!" | Source

#1. CORIANDER

When you add coriander along with salt and pepper to fish, chicken, beef, pork, and even grilled vegetables, things begin to get interesting at the family cookout! It is even more interesting how useful the plant we derive coriander from really is. You see, the bright green plant Coriandrum sativum, has a unique story that begins with another very popular spice we call cilantro. Even as coriander and cilantro are entirely different spices with their own individual use and flavor profiles, cilantro is actually the vegetative stage of this plants life cycle. Once the cilantro plant matures enough to developed flowers and then seeds, it will become coriander. You will find cilantro used in everything savory including salsa and as a compliment to seafood. Coriander has a far more broad use that may begin at the savory seasoned table, yet extends all the way through the meal and finally ending-up in some very enticing desserts!

CUMIN IS COOL-MAN! Cumin has many healthful nutrients, as well as a spectacular flavor profile.
CUMIN IS COOL-MAN! Cumin has many healthful nutrients, as well as a spectacular flavor profile. | Source

#2. CUMIN

Surprisingly, one of the more versatile spices on our list of 6 essential spices is cumin. It offers exciting Latin flair when combined with oregano and cilantro, while showing-off its worldly charm when added to ginger and garlic bringing Indian flavored explosions to your backyard BBQ grill. This tiny unassuming seed also has a wonderful nutty and peppery flavor when used in American-style Latin cuisine, bringing the familiar earthy scent and flavor to Tex Mex style chili. Diverse in its offerings, cumin is a staple spice component in middle eastern curry powders. In the hot dry Middle East, cumin has the arduous duty of cooling the body. That's right, cumin is said to cool man from the inside out; who knew? Another great thing about cumin is that whether whole or ground it is available all year-round.

Cumin, caraway, and parsley all belong to the same Umbelliferae plant family

Cumin Seeds offer nutritional benefits as shown in this chart.
Cumin Seeds offer nutritional benefits as shown in this chart. | Source
Knowing that cinnamon is also an aphrodisiac, may be reason enough to add it to your BBQ spice rub!
Knowing that cinnamon is also an aphrodisiac, may be reason enough to add it to your BBQ spice rub! | Source

#3. CINNAMON

We all know cinnamon is great when added to the egg-wash for French toast, baked goods and tea. But this warm and invigorating spice is so much more than simply a companion to our sweet temptations. At your next backyard BBQ mix cumin and coriander with cinnamon and you will discover an exotic spice rub that goes beautifully with everything from red meat to white fish! If you need another good reason to use cinnamon at your next poolside BBQ, take into consideration the affect cinnamon has on the human spirit. Cinnamon was so prized in ancient history that wars were fought over the control of it. It has been used as currency, and even more fun was the discovery that it brings stimulating aphrodisiac powers!

BBQ Spice Rub That is Easy for You to Make at home! (1 min. 57 sec. video)

Smoked Paprika brings delightful taste to everything you grill.
Smoked Paprika brings delightful taste to everything you grill. | Source

#4. SMOKED PAPRIKA

One of The great things about smoked paprika is this; it can be a vegetarians best friend! This smokey delight can take those bland grilled vegetables and turn them into a meaty tasting treasure in the blink of a Grill Masters eye. For those who do eat meat, mix a generous amount of smoked paprika (pimenton) with regular table ketchup and spread the mixture liberally on those barbecued hamburger's. What you will get is a bonus "pop" to the grilled meat flavor. If you are not familiar with smoked paprika, think of the Spanish sausage chorizo, or paellas, where they depend on this fine spice for color and authentic Spanish flavor. Pimenton is offered in three varieties—sweet and mild (dulce), bittersweet/medium hot (agridulce), and hot (picante). So when deciding which type of paprika you want to use at the next grilling get together, be sure to consider the level of heat you and your guests are going to enjoy most.

Spice up any backyard BBQ grill by adding a few "chile flakes" to your seasonings!
Spice up any backyard BBQ grill by adding a few "chile flakes" to your seasonings! | Source

#5. CHILE FLAKES

These spicy little flakes of heat make the best companions to grilled (as well as sautéed) greens, shellfish, and even BBQ toasted nut mixes. But, if you have decided to put an Asian spin on your outdoor grilling experience, substitute Chile flakes for those dried Chile's. Adding chili flakes to your usual homemade (or store bought) BBQ sauce and marinades can be an exhilarating adventure for your taste buds. Generally derived from a combination of red, ancho, bell, cayenne and others, the peppers, seeds, and membranes are actually crushed (not ground) peppers. Chile's have become more popular recently, and because of this so has the variety of those Chile's used to make the spice flakes.

The seed and membranes hold the majority of the heat found in chili's, so you will find them to be a large component in any crushed Chile Flake blend.

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And Last But Not Least...Garlic

Whether in clove or powder form, GARLIC is the worlds most well known seasoning. It also has many medicinal attributes.
Whether in clove or powder form, GARLIC is the worlds most well known seasoning. It also has many medicinal attributes. | Source

#6. GARLIC POWDER

What doesn't garlic go great with? Ice cream you say? Well, I've indulged in garlic ice cream and found it to be pretty darn good! When you spark-up the backyard grill this summer, don't forget the essential spice, garlic powder. This pungent and sometimes sweet food-friendly aggressor can turn ordinary meats, vegetables and fruit into uniquely flavored and spectacular BBQ. This may sound bazaar, but try adding just a dash of garlic powder to cinnamon, brown sugar, and just few chile flakes. Next, sprinkle the blend lightly over pineapple slices, lemon or orange halves, or even peach quarters. Now toss the newly seasoned fruit on the grill for a few minutes and allow a good caramelized layer to develop; avoid charring the fruit during the process. This unique seasoning combination will have your backyard cookout buddies dreaming of your gourmet BBQ dessert all year long!

Concluding Our "6 Essential Spices For BBQ Grilling"

Whether you find vegetables to be your favorite grilled food or if meat is the answer to the carnivorous BBQ craving inside you, the spices we encountered here are going to improve whatever you toss on the grill. So why not Inspire the grill master inside of you? You can wake-up any taste bud by inviting variety to your outdoor cookout platter. Nothing says, "I Love to Grill" more so than the home chef who's not afraid to branch out and discover a new culinary adventure!

WHAT YOU THINK REALLY DOES MATTER!

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BBQ MEAT'S SAFE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE CHART

(click column header to sort results)
MEAT TYPE  
LOWEST INTERNAL TEMP.  
TRY THESE SPICE COMBINATIONS   
WHOLE POULTRY
165°F
garlic, sage, ginger, smoked paprika
POULTRY BREAST  
165°F  
cumin, coriander, garlic and cinnamon  
GROUND POULTRY 
165°F  
sage, thyme, chile flakes  
GROUND MEATS (beef, pork, lamb, veal)
16O°F
garlic, coriander, rosemary
CUTS OF MEAT (steaks, roast, chops)
145°F
smoked paprika, cuman, cinnamon, garlic
When measuring temperature, be sure the thermometer is not touching bones. This can give a false reading, leaving meats at a dangerous internal temperature.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Awesome article which is very well shared.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Mrs. Menagerie~ Thanks for your comments. Using these spices can really "SPICE-UP" any BBQ grilling recipe! I appreciate your support.

K9


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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo

I agree, I love to use lots of interesting herbs and spices with any cooking. Great hub!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

ChatKath~ I am humbled by your comments, thank you so much. Thrilled that you found the hub worthy of bookmarking. I am always happy to see you have made it by as you input matters very much to me.

Cheers my friend~

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

These are amazing tips K9 - I never would have even tried most of these without your advice (I trust you!) Sure sounds good anyway & I can't wait to try. Great hub, which I have bookmarked for use when the time comes, rated up and awesome!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

KKG~Thank you for swinging by today! Love that you found the hub worth while.

Just a note; when using cinnamon in grilled fish rubs/seasoning, it only takes a little to get a lot of flavor! I hope you enjoy grilling this summer.

Hub Hugs--

K9


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Excellent choices of spices for grilling. I never thought of using cinnamon on fish. Rated up and useful.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Denise~ Thank you for the vote up! I hope you find a treasure of unique grilled flavor when trying these 6 spices. I appreciate your kind remarks!

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

This is an excellent 'spice' chart for grilling. Great job. Voted up.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Susan~ I experienced the wonderful taste of garlic ice cream at last years Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this year 2011, it's being held July 29, 30th, & 31st). I was hesitant at first, I will admit, but now a fan! Thrilled you found something interesting to take away in this grilling spices hub; your opinion means a lot to me.

Thank for stopping by!

K9


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Chicken breasts on the grill tonight and I will be using cumin, coriander, garlic and cinnamon. Never thought about using cinnamon before but have to try it now that you have suggested it :)

Garlic Ice Cream? Really? Where do I find some?

I have bookmarked your hub as I am always looking for ways to mix spices together. I tend to use Montreal steak spice and Montreal Chicken Spice quite often along with garlic of course.

Awesome Hub!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

cardelean~ If you are already a fan of coriander and cumin you are going to flip over these spices after they have been on the grill! The nutty and rich tones of each are significantly enhanced by barbecuing them! Thank you so much for swinging by to read about essential grilling spices!

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Awesome Paul~ Tandoori grilled Chicken has grabbed my taste buds attention! Will be looking for your "soon to come to HubPages" tandoori chicken hub. ;)

K9


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

I have actually just started using corriander and cumin in my cooking, what a difference it makes! Thanks for the fantastic combinations.


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Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

I'm going to bbq some chicken and use the tandoori spice is everything goes according to plan this weekend. I'll make a Hub on it.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Well hello there Wesman Tod Shaw~ Thank you very much for the kind comment.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

What a beautifully put together hub!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Paul~ Wow! How do I get you to put a couple pinches of that tandoori masala powder in the mail for me? It sounds really delightful! I agree with you about spice rubs being the key to success for anything placed on a BBQ grill! Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate the support.

K9

Simone! So nice to see you here today...big smile for K9! Quite happy that you found something unexpected within the article! BBQ grilling is a very exciting topic I am overjoyed to write about. Thanks for your comments.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Fascinating! I did not expect to see coriander or cumin here. GREAT tips! I need to use those spices more anyway- on the grill and off!


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Paul Edmondson 5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

This is awesome. Great spice rubs is the secret to great grilling. I also really like specialty salts like truffle salt. I've been getting into spices a bunch lately. Pia (hp staff) brought me in tandoori masala powder for me to try today. Looking forward to it!

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