You’ll have delicious pork dinners done in no time with this easy pork seasoning. The perfect dry rub to use on any cut of pork.
Seasoning can honestly be one of the trickiest aspects of cooking. We all want our food to taste good, but even if you have a pantry full of spices, it’s difficult to choose which ones to use.
This has been my go-to recipe for pork seasoning for years, and I always keep a little jar of it in my pantry. And I use it on everything. Pork chops, pork tenderloin, pork roast, pork belly, pulled pork – it all tastes so much better with this spice blend.
I always like to keep small jars of homemade seasoning available, as it cuts down on time and effort when I’m cooking dinner. It’s also super helpful to my partner, who always struggles with seasoning when he cooks.
Smoked paprika: Like paprika, but smoked. The smokiness has such as incredible flavor, and it pairs perfectly with pork.
Salt: All cuts of meat taste better with some salt added. Use kosher salt, or ideally, sea salt flakes.
Pepper: Gives a little kick without adding any heat.
Cumin: Some people hate cumin, others love it. If you like the spice itself, you’ll definitely love it with pork.
Garlic powder: Garlic powder honestly goes well with everything. One of my personal seasoning favorites, and a necessity for this spice blend.
This honestly could not be easier to make. First, measure out all the ingredients, then combine them in a jar or bowl. Use the seasoning on your favorite pork dishes, or store it in a jar in your pantry to use over the next few weeks or months.
Here are some pork meals which are perfect to use the dry rub with. These are just some suggestions, as the pork seasoning can be used with any pork dish:
- Air Fryer Pork Belly – This easy pork belly recipe with crackling tastes so good with added seasoning.
- Slow cooker pulled pork – Pulled pork is so easy to make, and perfect as an entree, or as a sandwich filler.
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin – Tenderloin looks impressive, but is actually really easy to make!
- Perfect pan seared pork loin steaks – These are cooked in only 10 minutes – perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
- Beef and pork meatballs – You can’t go wrong with meatballs, especially if they are seasoned well.
Spicy: Add some cayenne pepper or chili powder if you want to add a bit of heat to the seasoning. I recommend adding about 1 teaspoon or more to taste.
With sugar: If you want the seasoning to caramelize on top of the pork, you can add about ¼ cup of brown sugar. This will of course affect the nutritional value of the recipe.
You can store pork seasoning in a sealed container in your pantry for up to 12 months. One portion of this recipe can last for you for multiple pork dinners, and you can easily double or triple the recipe based on necessity.
I like to keep a jar of spice rub in my pantry for quick and easy dinners. Grab it whenever you’re cooking anything pork – whether you’re grilling it, roasting it or using any other cooking method. It can be used as a dry rub, or as regular seasoning.
Frequently asked questions
Some of the most popular spices to use with pork are salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and cumin.
You can leave dry rub on pork for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the more flavor will absorb into the meat.
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Easy Pork Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Measure out all the ingredients, then combine them in a jar or bowl.
- Use the seasoning on your favorite pork dishes, or store it in a jar in your pantry to use over the next few weeks or months.