Basic Spice Rub Recipes

Use these basic spice rub recipes to make big batches of customizable rubs for everyone your list.


| November/December 2013


Spice rubs can turn a basic piece of fish or meat into a true culinary experience. Try making a huge batch of the Basic Spice Rub from Jennifer Worick’s book Simple Gifts, then customize it for everyone on your list with her simple additions.

For more ideas for homemade gifts, read the original article, Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas.

Basic Spice Rub

The beauty of this base is that it’s a snap to whip up and then modify. For example, if you like it spicy, you can add cayenne pepper; if you like it garlicky, add some garlic powder. This basic rub works on a variety of proteins—red meat, poultry or fish.

This makes enough for approximately 4 to 5 pounds of meat. The rubs that follow, which are variations on this basic rub, will make enough for 4 to 6 pounds. All herbs taste best when freshly ground. When possible, buy dried herb, then grind it with a mortar and pestle. Measure the amount after the spice is ground.

• 3 tablespoons paprika
• 3 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons kosher salt

Mix together all ingredients in a clean, airtight container.





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