Father’s Day Spice Rub DIY

Father’s Day is around the corner and if your Dad is anything like ours, food is the way to his heart. Our Dad loves to BBQ.  He loves it so much that rain, snow and -20 temperatures don’t stop him from grilling up meat, veggies and even pizza all year round. We thought our Dad would enjoy some homemade BBQ spice rubs as a Father’s Day present this year, so we decided to make it into a fun DIY for the blog.

We created 3 distinct spice blends complete with custom labels (download them below) for Dad to use as a dry rub for BBQing: Mexican Fiesta, Steak & Beef and BBQ Chicken and Ribs.

Fathers Day Spice Rubs

This is our Mexican Fiesta Spice Rub and it’s a spicy one! Our Dad loves spicy food and Mexican flavours so we created this one with cumin, chili powder, garlic and chipotle. Recipe below.

Mexican Fiesta Spice Rub

Next is our Steak & Beef Spice Rub. Familiar with Montreal Steak Spice? This is very similar but even better! We blended dehydrated onion, garlic, ground mustard, red pepper flakes, sea salt and lots of fresh ground black pepper. Recipe below.

Steak & Beef Rub

Last but not least, we have our BBQ Chicken and Rib Spice Rub. It’s sweet and savoury with a blend of brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. It will go perfectly as a dry rub on ribs, chicken breast or BBQ chicken wings. Recipe below.

BBQ Chicken and Rib Rub

To package them up nice and pretty, we used 4 oz Mason Jars and created custom labels for the top that you can download and print at home.  Simply, download, print, cut out the labels, put them on the lids, stack jars and wrap with butchers twine and you’ve got a winning Father’s Day gift!

Fathers Day Spice Rubs Stacked

Label Printing Instructions: To print labels, download them by clicking here. Once the image loads, click on it, then right click and save the image to your computer. Print labels on your home printer on an 8.5″ x 11″ pice of paper (we used matte photo paper but you can use regular paper). The labels fit perfectly in between the flat cap and the round screw lid.


For each of the rubs, mix all ingredients (recipes listed below) together in a bowl then transfer to a clean, dry 4 oz jar.


Mexican Fiesta Rub

  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1  1/2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Steak & Beef Rub

  • 1  1/2 tbsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1  1/2 tbsp Dehydrated Onion
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 1  1/2 Course Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground Black Pepper

Chicken & Rib Rub

  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1  1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • 1  1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1  tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1  1/2 tsp Chili Powder

2 thoughts on “Father’s Day Spice Rub DIY

  1. The best part of Father’s Day is having my girls around me and being so fortunate to have such loving, gifted and beautiful daughters. This year they have put a different spin on Father’s Day….let the fiesta begin !

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