Homemade Spice Rub Gifts

MakeEach holiday season, I like to make friends and neighbors unique homemade food gifts.  This year, I put together quick and delicious steak and chicken rubs for use anytime throughout the year.  Here are 4 rubs I made, but feel free to use your favorite seasoning or rub and gift them this holiday!

 Ingredients:

FOR THE JAMAICAN SPICE RUB

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE MONTREAL STEAK RUB

  • 2 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons granulated or dried minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons granulated or dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse-ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dill weed
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

FOR THE HURRY UP I’M HUNGRY CHICKEN

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR THE BARBECUE RUB

  • 1/3 cup chili powder (preferably a smoky flavor, like ancho or chipotle)
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper

How To:

Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl, then place the rub in an airtight container.  Use the following wording to create a label or card to attach to each rub.

Jamaican Spice Rub

Brush 3/4 to 1 pound of shrimp or poultry

with oil, then coat with 1 tablespoon of the

seasoning. For maximum flavor, let the rubbed

chicken or shrimp rest several hours before cooking.

Montreal Steak Rub

Brush 3/4 to 1 pound of steak or 1/3 pound

hamburger patties with oil. Coat the steak with

1 tablespoon of rub, the patties with 1 teaspoon

each, or mix 1 tablespoon of the seasoning

into 3/4 to 1 pound of ground beef before

forming the burgers. For maximum flavor, let

the meat rest several hours before cooking.

Hurry Up, I’m Hungry Chicken Rub

Lightly brush 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

(approx. 8 ounces each) with oil and season evenly

with the rub, pressing the spices into the meat.

Barbecue Rub

Brush ¾ to 1 pound of chicken or ribs

with oil, then coat with 1 tablespoon of rub.

For maximum flavor, let the rubbed chicken or

ribs rest several hours before grilling or cooking.

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