Dry Rub for Ribs (DIY Spice Rub Jars) make a great gift for those that love ribs, and double as a pretty talking piece that can brighten up a kitchen or living room. I love giving homemade craft gifts, especially around the holidays. This DIY project is quick as it takes just a few minutes to make each jar, so you can make a couple dozen for family, friends and coworkers in just an hour or two of work.

I start with a Weck jar as they have a classic look and a nice shape. From there I just start layering the different spices one by one, most of which have a single tablespoon. Spice rubs are like marinades in that the recipes can be tweaked and modified with little risk. In-fact, I recommend it! In my house for example we are big fans of garlic and hotter spices so I’m always curtailing recipes by double-dipping on these favorites.

As I began layering in each ingredient on the first jar my husband ran over and said I was doing it wrong since they weren’t level. As I completed that jar he saw the cool looking waves of colors that wouldn’t have shown if they were in-fact level. I guess that’s a matter of preference, but I am usually just fine with imperfections in food and art (and life!). Add a few varieties of seasonal leaves, needles or small branches and some quality twine tied nicely around the jar you’re all set.

You can use a spice rub for much more than ribs, too. Other cuts of beef, chicken, certain fish, and even non meat items like tofu, tempeh and veggie kabobs all taste amazing by adding a nice rub. I have salt as one of my ingredients but for those on a low sodium diet it can easily be replaced.

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Dry Rub for Ribs (DIY Spice Rub Jars)
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins

You can use a spice rub for much more than ribs, too. Other cuts of beef, chicken, certain fish, and even non meat items like tofu, tempeh and veggie kabobs all taste amazing by adding a nice rub.

Course: Side Dish
Servings: 7 ribs
Calories: 22 kcal
Author: Rika Livingston
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Place all ingredients inside the jar. 

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Alli Rutherford Smith Dec 16, 2016 - 2:18 am

What a wonderful gift idea! I have friends who are always grilling ribs and this would make a great gift. I love how you added the greenery to make it even more festive. So pretty!

kage2015 Dec 16, 2016 - 4:17 am

What beautiful looking jars filled with spice rub. First making my own is always something I love to accomplish. Controlling what goes in and how much to meet our family likes. Plus of course these would look great in a gift basket.

Paula Schuck Dec 16, 2016 - 8:04 am

I can’t wait to have my husband do this. I think I’ll make up one of these containers for him for Christmas. He loves to grill, and we love to eat it.

Doria Dec 16, 2016 - 8:34 am

Wow, that’s literally the most beautiful spice jar I’ve ever seen! I have some family members that LOVE to grill, I’m totally trying this, this year!

Emily, Our house now a home Dec 16, 2016 - 8:56 am

Oh, I am going to send this to my husband who is the cook in our house. Not only does the combination of flavors sound amazing, it also looks really cute in that mason jar!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy Dec 16, 2016 - 10:09 am

I love dry rubs. They’re such a perfect way to enhance the flavor of meat. This is also such a perfect gift for foodies. Who wouldn’t love a jar of this stuff?!

Dina Demarest Dec 16, 2016 - 11:02 am

My husband loves dry rubs. I’ll have to use this recipe for him to make me ribs!

Pam Wattenbarger Dec 16, 2016 - 5:57 pm

My husband loves making ribs during grilling season. This dry rub sounds like it would be great for him to use.

Jennifer Dec 16, 2016 - 6:08 pm

This rub sounds like it would be very flavorful! I am already missing barbecue season.

Rebecca Swenor Dec 16, 2016 - 6:28 pm

DIY dry rub spice jars make for great gift ideas. I would love to give a couple of my friends these jars with the dry rub for ribs. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

rika agustini Dec 19, 2016 - 3:35 am

Hi Rebecca, yes it was easy to make these in bulk, I got in a groove and in no time had a ton to pass out. With the contents being so affordable and I decided to make more than originally planned and am handing them out to some of my neighbors.

Kathy Myers Dec 17, 2016 - 7:42 am

We are going to try this, it looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

Michele d Dec 17, 2016 - 6:30 pm

Wow! Now that is a gift idea that I would love to receive. Your rub for ribs looks so amazing.

Stephanie Pass Dec 17, 2016 - 8:16 pm

My husband just loves ribs. This looks perfect! And my mom was just asking me if I had another rub to give her.

Emma Spellman Dec 18, 2016 - 12:58 am

I love dry rubs. I never thought of making my own for some crazy reason. It looks really simple so I will try it soon.

rika agustini Dec 19, 2016 - 3:19 am

Hi Emma, yes it’s funny that we often buy things that are so easy to make on our own. I bought dry rubs for years but ever since giving it a try myself I’ve had a lot of fun controlling the exact taste and saved some money in the process.

Ricci Dec 18, 2016 - 10:26 am

I am not a fan of ribs but this rub sounds yummy!! I could see myself using it in place of other spices in recipes!

Coralie Dec 18, 2016 - 3:21 pm

My hubby loves ribs, and this spice rub sounds really good. I will have to share the recipe with him. I also love the spice jars you made. They look so nice.

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Chubskulit Rose Dec 18, 2016 - 4:15 pm

That is a creative and thoughtful gift. I am sure people who love to bbq or love making ribs would love this.

Melanie Dec 19, 2016 - 6:17 pm

My father loves this! I can’t wait to give this recipe to my mother. Thanks!


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