Spicy Barbecue Rub

Make this meat rub recipe to keep on hand for summer cookouts, or mix up a batch to share as hostess gifts. Use only fresh spices in the mix; spices lose flavor after about 1 year.

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  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a small mixing bowl stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, allspice, ginger, salt, cumin, red pepper, and black pepper. Transfer to a small airtight container or bag. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months. Makes about 1/3 cup seasoning.


  • Preparation Directions:

    To use, sprinkle mixture evenly over meat, poultry, or fish. Rub in with your fingers. Grill as desired. If you like, serve with bottled chutney, barbecue sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or plum sauce.


  • To Present This Gift...

    Paint vertical green strips below the rim of the flowerpot. Let dry. Paint the letters BBQ around the rim in red. Let the paint dry. Cut and tie a ribbon around the top of the flowerpot. Tie the ends into a bow. Cut a 6-inch square from two colors of art paper using pinking shears. Take the lid off the barbecue rub. Place plastic wrap over the jar rim, then place the papers on top of the jar and carefully screw the lid back on (the plastic wrap will help keep the contents fresh). Fill the flowerpot with hardwood chips for grilling and place the jar of rub inside. Include preparation directions, below, with gift.


  • Also try this... Fill the flowerpot with shredded paper or Mylar before adding the jar.


  • To present this gift you will need:

    Paintbrush, acrylic paints in red and green, terra-cotta flowerpot, scissors, narrow ribbon, colored art papers, pinking shears, plastic wrap, and hardwood chips for grilling.

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