What started out as a gift idea for foodies has become a reader favorite. This sweet and spicy meat rub goes great on chicken, pork, beef, ribs, and can be used as a seasoning for vegetables and other foods as well.Sweet and spicy meat rub makes a great foodie gift. Get the recipe now!

Here’s a cheap and easy food-as-gift idea for the Holidays: a sweet and spicy rub for meats.

Many people get overwhelmed with sweets this time of the year, so shake things up a little by giving a savory treat.

Spice rubs are great because they flavor meat almost as much as a marinade. Simply pat the spice rub onto the meat (no need to actually rub it in) and you’re ready to prepare the meat as usual.

I have also used it to flavor butter. This spice rub was used to make the best grilled sweet corn I have ever eaten. The spiced butter would also be great on grilled bread, along with the meat you’re grilling.

The combination of sweet and spicy is irresistible when it comes to flavoring meat. Make this for a gift – but seriously, don’t forget to keep some for yourself!

Where To Buy Affordable Spices

Here are a couple of options for buying cheap spices:

  1. Buy in the bulk food section. You may be able to find certain spices in the bulk food section. Start with sea salt, and go from there.
  2. Buy generic. I bought my spices at Walmart for this recipe, many of which cost right around one dollar. However, most grocery stores have their own store brand of spices which can also be really cheap.

Spices for sweet and spicy meat rub recipe

What makes this spice mix especially gift-worthy is the way it’s packaged. I bought individual tins at Michael’s craft store for $1.00 each. All in all, each gift cost less than $2.00.

Sweet and spicy meat rub: Use to make the best grilled ribs at home!

Recipe Ideas

Use this seasoning blend to make the following recipes:

Summer’s best BBQ sweet corn

Grilled veggie and ring bologna kebabs

Sweet and spicy meat rub recipe: Give this mix away for holiday gifts!

Sweet And Spicy Meat Rub

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

I used granulated turbinado sugar for this recipe, but you could certainly use white granulated sugar. I would stay away from using brown sugar though, as it tends to dry out over time. You can play around with the spices, adding more of ingredients you like and less of those you don't.


  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar (or Sugar In The Raw), blended until fine
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Place spice mix into individual containers and seal.

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