DIY BBQ Rubs

by Handjobs For The Home on June 17, 2011

Got a dad that loves to grill? Then this Handjob is perfect for you. I’m always looking to put a little more creativity into my Father’s Day gifts, because let’s face it, how creative is buying yet another power tool? So this year I figured I’d give my awesome Dad something he can use all summer long—some DIY BBQ Rubs.

Store-bought rubs can cost you a pretty penny, and for what? The same ingredients that cost a fraction of the price when you buy them separately? (Or better yet, already have them lying around in your pantry.) Not only that, but these rubs are super easy to put together. All you’ve got to do is measure, measure, measure, and mix. I popped mine into some Ball jars, but you can really use any container you want. Just slap on a decorative label and you’re all set to go.

Oink Rub (for all things pig)
Makes 1 cup

½ C brown sugar
¼ C paprika
1 Tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Cluck Rub (for finger lickin’ chicken)
Makes 1 cup

¼ C paprika
1 ½ Tbsp cayenne
2 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp garlic powder
1 ½ Tbsp onion powder
3 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 ½ Tbsp dried thyme (or rosemary)

Moo Rub (great for brisket)
Makes 1 cup

5 Tbsp paprika
3 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp dried chili flakes

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amanda June 17, 2011 at 3:30 am

Love it and your labels! Thanks!!

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lisa w. June 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Perfect! I’ve been wracking my brain as to what to get my 75 year old Dad and this is just the ticket. He’s a serious carnivore, so I feel sure this is a gift he will use! Thanks!

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Handjobs for the Home June 20, 2011 at 1:30 am

Woohoo! Thanks, Lisa. Hope he enjoys it!

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Sneeka June 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

This is fantastic! Can’t wait to put these together!

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Dad July 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

Thanks AJ..What a great idea! I am very proud of my son and I love you very much. You are doing a great job..

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Handjobs for the Home July 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

Thanks so much, Dad! Now if I can only remember to package and send them to you :)

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MiMi March 23, 2012 at 4:24 am

Found this post and your blog via Pinterest…just what we’ve been looking for! Can’t wait to try these, thanks for sharing!!

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Handjobs For The Home March 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

Woohoo! Keep me posted on what you use them on.

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Hilary November 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Found these on pinterest,I’ve been looking for some DIY Christmas present ideas so save on costs this year. This is PERFECT for all the BBQers in the family :) thanks!

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Dan December 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm

You have come up with a great rub for grilling. http://www.diybbq.com/DIY_BBQ_Orginal_Rub_p/diy-bbq-rub1.htm

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Melody December 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Thanks so much for this idea. I made these as Christmas gifts for all my favorite grilling guys this season! You can check out mine via my website (which I linked to your site) — http://testingtrendy123.blogspot.com/2012/12/all-guys-like-nice-rub.html
Thanks!!

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Jen Hammond January 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm

These are not unlike the rubs I make too-great minds think alike! :) I also made my own garam masala blend recently for the Chicken Tikka Masala I made for Greg (and who subsequently went crazy for it, I must say!). I also can’t see the point of buying rubs and pre-mixed spice blends of any kind; i’d much rather make my own. They’re always so much better!

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