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The Spice House
World's Fair BBQ Rub
World's Fair BBQ Rub
World's Fair BBQ Rub
World's Fair BBQ Rub
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World's Fair Barbecue Rub

This blend commemorates the 1893 World's Fair, when the world came to Chicago. Our World's Fair Barbecue Rub livens up chicken, burgers, tofu, or pork chops with a unique blend of sweet shallots, Hawaiian sea salt, cane sugar, Indian chile peppers, Hungarian paprika, Indian peppercorns, ground mustard, West African grains of paradise, and Moroccan coriander seeds.

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Staff Tips & Tricks

  • Use this to season homemade barbecue sauce recipes.
  • Pair with cuts of pork or chicken for the barbecue smoker.
  • Try this on your favorite veggies, especially cauliflower, mushrooms, and green beans.

About This Spice

Host of the Chicago World’s Fair 125 years ago, Hyde Park has always played an important role in Chicago’s history and place in the world. We wanted this blend to reflect the characteristics of this diverse neighborhood, while being as useful and versatile for cooking purposes as the neighborhood has been to city life. Starting with a hearty base of our best Tellicherry black pepper, Hungarian sweet paprika, and garlic, we added elegant freeze-dried shallots and sweet, lemony coriander to reflect the sophistication of a neighborhood known for world-class museums and the acclaimed University of Chicago. Crushed chiles provide a hint of heat and a nod to the brightly-colored Monk parakeets that have colonized Harold Washington Park. In honor of President Obama’s ties to the area, we have included African grains of paradise and Hawaiian sea salt. With a savory balance of hearty flavors, this blend is a favorite for roasted or grilled vegetables, particularly cauliflower, potatoes, and artichokes. Use it as a rub for slow-roasting meats, where the long cooking time allows the flavor of the grains of paradise to really develop. Mix into ground turkey, chicken or portobello mushrooms for wonderful burgers. This blend was previously called 'Hyde Park Seasoning.'


Cane sugar, kosher salt, Hawaiian black salt, spices, garlic, shallots, onion.

Sodium content: 223.05 mg per teaspoon

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Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
Daniel K.
a little more of this spice

a new and interesting taste for a pork roast cooked slowly.

Linda D.
My favorite “The Spice House”


James M.
as advertised

very good flavor

Thought I had found the BBQ potato chips!

I mixed this spice blend with olive oil, then rubbed it all over portobello mushrooms preparatory to grilling them for "burgers". Before I added the oil, I tasted the spice blend. Immediately I was reminiscing about good-quality BBQ potato chips! The flavor profile was identical! I'm going to enjoy cooking with this blend.

Meagan C.
Must have.

It is great on chicken. Definitely my go to seasoning.

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