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Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub for Burgers

Do you like the taste of Caribbean flavors? If you do, this Caribbean dry rub is for you.

The rub is a delicious blend of both savory and sweet spices that will give your burger an island kick.

It adds a delicious flavor to any burger, particularly those made from ground pork or chicken.

We grill every Saturday night at our house, no matter the weather, so having a rub like this in my arsenal of spice mixes helps to make the BBQ taste a bit different.

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub plus a printable label -

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub and Printable Label.

The rub could not be easier to make.  Yes, there are a lot of spices in the list, but most are ones that you probably have on hand anyway.caribbean jerk dry rub ingredients

Combine them in a bowl and mix and store in an air tight jar.  I’ve even included a free printable label to use on your spice jar!

If you print it out on glossy photo paper and use a glue stick, it really lasts well on the jar.jerk dry rub label

I have made dry rubs before for my readers that use similar ingredients.  This one is a bit different because of the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. 

It gives it a bit of sweetness that is so typical of Caribbean dishes.  This delicious blend of spices is both savory and sweet and will add just a touch of the Islands to your next grill out.

caribbean jerk dry rubGrill Junkie author, Arnie Tomaino calls this rub his “What A Jerk” Dry Rub. ( I have adapted it just slightly to include a bit more of the nutmeg and a bit less of the pepper)

He was kind enough to send me a free copy of his Grill Junkie Burger a Day cookbook so that I could try some of the recipes and include them on my site.  This recipe is a keeper. 

I love the way it makes my burgers taste!  

So get out the grill and spread this dry rub on some burgers or steaks. It’s time for a trip to the Islands!caribbean jerk dry rub

For another great tasting rub, try my spicy dry rub for steaks, chops and ribs.

Yield: 14 servings

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub for Burgers

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub for Burgers

Use this dry rub for all your grilling projects. It makes any type of meat taste wonderful.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 tbsp onion flakes
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dried chives
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Mix all of the spices together.
  2. Store in an airtight container in your pantry or cupboard. This rub will last up to six months.
  3. To use the rub, sprinkle on both sides of burgers or other meat choices and rub it in well.
  4. You can also mix it directly into burger patties before forming them.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 7Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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