Dry Rub for Ribs (DIY Spice Rub Jars)

dry rub for ribs recipe
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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 agustini
  • 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 at 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!

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    Dec 16, 2016 at 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.

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    Paula Schuck
    Dec 16, 2016 at 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.

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    Dec 16, 2016 at 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!

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    Emily, Our house now a home
    Dec 16, 2016 at 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!

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    Dec 16, 2016 at 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?!

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    Dina Demarest
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:02 am

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

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    Dec 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

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

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    Dec 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm

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

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    Rebecca Swenor
    Dec 16, 2016 at 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.

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      rika agustini
      Dec 19, 2016 at 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.

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    Kathy Myers
    Dec 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

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

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    Michele d
    Dec 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

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

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    Stephanie Pass
    Dec 17, 2016 at 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.

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    Emma Spellman
    Dec 18, 2016 at 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.

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      rika agustini
      Dec 19, 2016 at 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.

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    Dec 18, 2016 at 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!

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    Dec 18, 2016 at 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 at 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.

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    Dec 19, 2016 at 6:17 pm

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

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