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DIY Spice Rubs for Father’s Day Gifts

This is a simple DIY Father’s Day gift for your dad or hubby that loves to grill meat! It’s so simple that even that kids can make this gift for Dad!

Can you believe that Father’s Day is literally right around the corner?! Today we are sharing a simple gift idea – DIY spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts!

If your dad or hubby is anything like mine, they would love nothing more than to be grilling up some meat for Father’s Day.

Dry rubs are a great and simple way to season meats before you cook. They can be combined with a sauce or just used straight onto the meat. These homemade spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts are sure to impress Pops.

Did you guys have a good Mother’s Day last weekend? We were traveling most of the day home from my little sister’s wedding in Idaho.

After we got home, my hubby and brother made sure that I sat with my feet up in the recliner for the evening. I enjoyed a super yummy dinner that they made.  I was so spoiled!

Over this past year, I have become more and more thankful for my supporting and encouraging hubby that’s been by my side every step of the way.

Watching him turn into an amazing daddy has been one of the best parts of becoming a parent. All that to say, dads deserve to be spoiled on Father’s Day!

So, give these DIY spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts a try and spoil dad!

DIY Spice Rubs: The perfect DIY gift for Father’s Day (or ANY holiday!)

These jars of homemade spice rubs are perfect gifts for Father's day! Learn how to make these DIY spice rubs with these recipes

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How to apply a spice rub to meat

You can shake or sprinkle the spice rub directly onto the meat. For meat with skin, you want to apply the rub underneath the skin.

After applying the spice rub, let it sit in the fridge for about an hour so it is absorbed into the meat before cooking.

How to store spice rubs

Spice rubs should be stored in airtight containers (like these that I used) and kept in a cool, dry location.

How to make DIY spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts

It’s super simple!! All you do is add the amounts into a bowl and toss them together, then funnel the rubs into airtight containers.

If you want to decorate your spice jars like mine, spray chalkboard paint on the lids, label with a chalk marker, and decorate the jars with washi tape!

Such a fun and easy craft for Father’s Day gifts, even the kids can make this gift for Dad.


Dry Herb Rub

A delicious dry herb spice rub is packaged perfectly in a small jar decorated with washi tape and a chalk paint lid.

This is a twist on the age-old Simon Garfunkle rub. The addition of ground coriander and cumin adds a hint of citrus flavor. The dry herb rub is great on turkey, chicken, or pork.

Coat the meat with oil and a bit of salt. Then apply the rub and let sit for one hour in the fridge.

It’s also amazing sprinkled on grilled veggies or even your eggs!

  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
To make the dry herb rub, you need parsley, sage, coriander, rosemary, cumin, and thyme.

Blackening Seasoning Rub

This DIY blackening seasoning is rich and smokey, perfect for burgers or anything on the grill.

My hubby loves blackened burgers, so this one is great for sprinkling on your burgers before cooking. It also is a perfect rub for getting that blackened chicken or salmon, really anything that you want to have a blackened taste!

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
All the spices needed to make a DIY blackening seasoning - black pepper, garlic powder, basil, oregano, onion powder, smoked paprika, and ground red pepper

Steak Seasoning Rub

Use this DIY steak seasoning for a delicious, flavorful steak recipe.

I’m a huge fan of a good steak and my love for steak has grown since my Pop started his own meat market in our hometown. We usually have a steak or two from him in our freezer. Logan and I have been practicing different ways to prepare steak.

A good steak, of course, begins with good meat. Taking the extra time to find a local butcher in your town that sources high-quality meat will make all the difference! Do you have a favorite butcher??

Once you have good meat, a good seasoning rub will enhance the flavor. This is one of my favorite DIY spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts.

  • 1 tbsp kosher coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
To make this DIY steak seasoning, you need kosher salt, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, and brown sugar.

Spicy Chicken Rub

DIY Spicy Chicken Seasoning Rub adds a kick of heat to any chicken dish you make.

This spicy chicken rub is simple and awesome. Always start chicken by rubbing it down oil and a bit of salt before applying the spice rub. Give the spice rub 30 min to an hour to soak in before cooking.

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
To make a DIY spicy chicken seasoning, you need salt, cinnamon, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and red pepper

These DIY spice rubs are super easy to make and are perfect gifts for Father's Day or other holidays

Decorating the spice jars was easy! I just painted the lids with chalkboard paint and decorated the jars with fun washi tape!

If these don’t make your mouth water for some meat, I don’t know what will! I think I’m even looking forward to Father’s Day if these DIY spice rubs are involved!

Have you ever used a spice rub before? Which one of these DIY spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts sound yummy to you?!

Here's how to make four delicious DIY spice rubs that are perfect gifts for just about any holiday.
How To Make DIY Spice Rubs

How To Make DIY Spice Rubs

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $30

Dry rubs are a great and simple way to season meats before you cook. They can be combined with a sauce or just used straight onto the meat. These homemade spice rubs for Father’s Day gifts are sure to impress Pops.

Tools

  • Funnel
  • Bowl

Instructions

  1. Add amounts together in a bowl and mix
  2. Funnel into containers
  3. Decorate and label containers

Notes

Dry Herb Rub Recipe (twist on Simon Garfunkle rub)

  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin


Spicy Blackening Seasoning (great on burgers, chicken or salmon)

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika


Steak Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp kosher coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Spicy Chicken Rub

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

5 thoughts on “DIY Spice Rubs for Father’s Day Gifts

  1. Love this idea! The best part is they’re probably cheaper and better tasting than any of those premade rubs you’d buy from the store 🙂

  2. Recently we were having a family dinner. My son has a birthday coming up and his sister was asking what he wanted for his birthday gift, then his children chimed in, yes what should they give him, My son said to his kid’s, ” Why don’t you get your grandparents to help you make me something? I know they would like to do that. ” I think he believes we enjoy this more than we do, but we are trying to help the grand children learn to give sooooo,… Guess what they are going to make? Spice rubs. They are old enough to measure with approximate accuracy and pour into jars that they have decorated. Plus we now have Christmas gifts for some uncles and aunts. Yay!!!!

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