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)
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons kosher salt
- ½-1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place all ingredients inside the jar.