Father’s Day Gift – Dry Rubs

father’s day is coming up. dads (and ALL men) are hard to buy for, aren’t they?

my dad is a golf addict. growing up, around christmas time, father’s day, or my dad’s birthday, if we saw something that had to do with golf, we snatched it right up to give to my dad.

we thought we found the best gift in the exploding golf ball (“can i get it for him, mom? he could play a joke on his friends!”), or a golf-themed desk zen garden (“he needs it for his office, mom!”), or the potty putter (“he spends so much time on the toilet, he could practice his putting skills and get sooo good! isn’t that perfect, mom?!”).

fast forward 10-15 years, and while cleaning his closet to find things for a garage sale, we find every one of those gifts unopened. oops. (“but i thought he liked all golf things, mom!”)

luckily, in the past 15 years, i’ve learned that my dad is a simple man, and doesn’t expect much. if he wants something expensive (like an ipad), he’ll buy it himself. he loves john grisham books, and those come out every year. he likes experiences with his kids and loved ones, so a ticket to a game is perfect. he’s also a little sentimental. two christmases ago, i found out that my dad’s high school was doing retro t-shirt designs, so that’s what i bought him for christmas. he wears it all the time.

but the best thing about my dad is that he loves food. he loves to grill, especially with his boys (my older brother, mark, and my bro-in-law) and his friends. and he loves meat. i think all of the above statements are true for about 95% of men, don’t you think?

that’s why these dry rubs are a perfect gift for father’s day! i’ve got 3 different dry rub recipes for ya. your dad/husband/etc will LOVE them.

What you need:
3 one-cup canisters or jars
1 cup mesa steak dry rub (recipe below)
1 cup santa fe rib rub (recipe below)
1 cup fajita chicken rub (recipe below)
1 self-adhesive printer sheet
jpeg download of labels (download below)

What to do:
mix the different dry rubs, one at a time, and put them each into their own canister (i got mine from the container store), making sure you know which mix is which. print out labels, cut them out, and stick them on their respective lids of canisters or jars. wrap them up (doesn’t have to be pretty, dads don’t care about that..lol), and give the gift of yumminess!

right click and “save image as”
to download:

Mesa Steak Dry Rub (makes 1 cup):
1/4 cup paprika
1/2 cup chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp sea salt
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
Santa Fe Rib Rub (makes 1 cup):
2 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp sea salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp cayenne pepper
Fajita Chicken Rub (makes 1 cup):
3 tbsp chile powder
1.5 tbsp cumin
1.5 tbsp coriander
1.5 tbsp dried ginger
1.5 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp allspice
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp cloves
1/2 tbsp ground fennel seeds
1 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. says

    What a great gift idea and the recipes for the rub’s look delicious!
    Hope you have a great holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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