Rustic Spice Rub (Bulk)

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Recipe by rosie316

This is a rub recipe that I have been using the last few years for all types of meats. This is just a basic recipe. It can be easily adjusted to your own taste (start with the lower amounts of each ingredient and build up because it is VERY spicy). This recipe makes a batch equal to approx 2 cups. It will keep fresh for months if stored air tight in a cool, dark place (kitchen cabinet or pantry). *Note: I make it in bulk and fill little 4 oz baby food jars (labels off and decorated, of course), to give as gifts to neighbors and friends over the holidays (See Step #2). I hope you enjoy my rub recipe. (If you want to make a "one time use" batch, my friend has a very similar, but ever so slightly different, version you may wish to try... Cajun Spice Mix by LifeIsGood).

Top Review by CindiJ

Oh my what a rub!! Love that there was no sugar in it. Full of flavor - not too spicy and delish on the oven baked ribs. We did cut back a bit on the cayenne pepper but that was the only change I made. Thanks for 2 great recipes that fed us well tonight! I'll be using this rub again and again!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together, give it a taste, adjust seasonings to you own liking and store in air-tight container(s). Keep in cool, dark place (kitchen cabinet or pantry). Will stay fresh for several months.
  2. *Note: If you want to divide the spice rub into smaller portions to give as gifts, use whatever size jars you choose (I use 4 oz baby food jars). If reusing old jars, thoroughly wash and remove the labels. Cut out a circle of cute, small printed material (I like small checkered print) larger than the lid of the jar (I use "pinking shears" to do this). Fill the jar and close tightly. Lay the material over the lid of the jar and secure with a rubber band around the neck of the jar. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar to cover the rubber band and make a bow (I like to use raffia so it truly gives it a "rustic" look). Add your own sticky label or attach a small gift tag to the ribbon to describe what is in the jar.
  3. Enjoy!

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