Brazilian Barbecue Rub

This Brazilian barbecue rub is based on the ever-popular Bahian spice blend known as Tempero Baiano.

What is Tempero Baiano?

This seasoning rub comes from the northeastern state of Bahia in Brazil, and is reflective of native and African culinary food traditions. Tempero biaino contains earthy and aromatic spices and is insanely delicious on all types of grilled and smoked meats. Keep in mind that this spice mixture can change from cook to cook, with some variations having hotter ingredients than others. Typically, this mixture is made up with pungent ingredients like black pepper, onion, garlic, and cinnamon. Some variations contain herbs and spices like turmeric, saffron, and dried marjoram. However, the choice of ingredients is up the cook and what favor profile works best for them. The key thing to remember is that tempero baiano is quite versatile, and many cooks will use this Brazilian barbecue rub in marinades, soups, stews, and even vegetables.

Spices for Brazilian BBQ rub

What you’ll need to make Brazilian barbecue rub:

-Coriander seeds
-Dried Cilantro (sub with dried marjoram if needed)
-Black pepper
-Onion Powder
-Granulated garlic or garlic powder

Making this rub:

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and use the rub right away, or store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 1 year. Check on it every so often, particularly if you live in a humid climate.

Picanha, brazilian barbecue

How to use Brazilian barbecue rub:

As mentioned above, you can use this in various dishes, but this rub works well on grilled and low and slow cooked meats. Try this rub on a Tomahawk Steak or even picanha. While picanha (Brazilian steak) is normally seasoned with salt, this spice mixture will amp it up! We also like to use this Brazilian barbecue rub on pork.

Making a marinade with Brazilian barbecue rub:

For 1 -1 1/2 pounds of meat, use 2 tablespoons of Brazilian barbecue rub with 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup fresh citrus juice or vinegar. Whisk together and use.
Marinating times:

beef for 4-12 hours

pork for 3-6 hours

chicken and other poultry for 2-4 hours

vegetables, fish, and seafood for 30 minutes.

Brazilian Style Barbecue Rub

Brazilian Style Barbecue Rub

This rub recipe is based on the ever-popular Brazilian, more aptly Bahian, spice blend known as Tempero Baiano. Use this barbecue rub on all types of grilled meats and vegetables, and also add it to soups, stews, side dishes, and more. I recommend making a large batch and storing it in an air tight container for when you need it. Lots of great flavors!
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: Brazilian
Keyword: barbecue rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika not smoked
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to your liking


  • Combine all rub ingredients in a small bowl. Use immediately or store in an air tight container in the cupboard for up to 1 year after preparation. Double or triple the recipe for multiple uses.

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