Quick Gift Idea – All Purpose Spice Rub

Need a quick, thoughtful, and homemade gift for Christmas (or any other occasion)? This spice rub is a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your kids’ teachers or a guy in your life (brother, dad, uncle, etc). The rub takes less than 5 minutes to make and you can really dress it up in cute packaging. I used a flat-sided glass spice jar from Sur la Table, made my own label on sticker paper (ignore my not-so-pretty handwriting), and tied a festive ribbon around the top for a finishing touch. A reader pointed out that the same jars are also available at Ikea for less moolah.
All-Purpose Spice Rub
From Everyday Food July/August 2006
Yield – 1 1/4 cups, or 5-10 pounds meat, poultry, seafood
  • 1/3 cup coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar. Store in an airtight container, away from heat and light, up to 6 months.

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One Response to “Quick Gift Idea – All Purpose Spice Rub”

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    Sheena — December 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I love home made Christmas gifts like this, they're thoughtful, and definitely useful for anyone! And I love the bow on the jar :)

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