I use this dry rub in various ways. It shines when used as a rub on beef pieces destined for browning before slow cooking. Also good as a spice blend for home made marinades destined for pork, beef, or even chicken. I don't recommend it on lamb, or premium beef. I only use whole spices in this recipe, which I then grind to a powder, except for the paprika and garlic, which I buy in powdered form. But if all you have are ground spices, they should be fine. As long as they are fresh.