Al Pastor BBQ Rub Shaker


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Al Pastor is a Mexican inspired shawarma seasoning, ideal for spit grilled meats, tacos, kebabs and fajitas. This particular blend of spices is inspired by The Smokey Carter teams travels in Mexico and based on one of the most popular taco fillings which has become a street food staple.

Originally brought to Mexico by the Lebanese, the recipe was traditionally used for shawarma style pork or chicken, cooked on a vertical spit with pineapple capping off the meat. The juices from the pineapple drip down during cooking and the enzymes help tenderise the meat as it cooks developing an amazing orange-red colour from this unique spice blend and the achiote. Once grilled on the spit the meat is then carved into a soft corn tortilla and served with fresh coriander, pineapple, onion and then topped with your choice of traditional salsa and sauces.

This Smokey Carter Al Pastor rub has been developed using some of the more traditional spices such as cumin, ancho chilli, guajillo chilli, Mexican oregano, achiote (from the annatto seed) and coriander. Vinegar powder is used to help recreate the enzymes from the pineapple.

You don’t have to cook using a rotisserie, this seasoning works just as well sprinkled over a bashed out chicken breast and pan fried in a little oil. You can also dust over steak, chicken kebabs or use as a seasoning for roast chicken.

  • Perfect for seasoning traditional Mexican Al Pastor Shawarma – both chicken and pork.
  • Use to season chicken thighs for the BBQ.
  • Add flavour to taco and quesadilla fillings.
  • Rub into pork ribs or lamb joints for the oven or smoker.
  • Great as a marinade on red meat for the BBQ.

Great Taste Award Winner, supplied in a 100g shaker jar.

The Smokey Carter is a husband and wife team based in Cheshire, passionate about flavour and searching the globe for new inspirational spice blends to add to their already impressive range. Their artisan philosophy and small batch production methods means their rubs and sauces are made of only the best ingredients, resulting in multiple awards from Great Taste to National Chilli Awards. Check out more of their range in our Rubs & Cures section.


Salt, cumin, coriander, onion, sugar, annatto,garlic, ancho chilli, guajillo chilli, vinegar powder (spirit vinegar, potato maltodextrin), Mexican oregano, pepper, citric acid, spices.

For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold. Manufactured in a facility that handles celery, mustard, soya, sesame and ingredients that may contain nuts.