Gift Worthy: Sweet and Spicy Meat Rub
Here’s my second 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. This rub is great on ribs, pork, chicken, and beef. I have also used it to flavor butter. This spice rub was used to make the best grilled sweet corn I have ever eaten.
Where To Buy Spices
Here are a couple of options for buying cheap spices:
- 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.
- 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.
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 each. All in all, each gift cost less than $2.
Sweet and Spicy Meat Rub Recipe
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time:5 min
- 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
- Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Place spice mix into individual containers and seal.