This year, I’m participating in the iHomeschool Network link-up for the 5 days of Christmas. It’s super fun, and I’m excited to share my fun DIY/handmade neighbor gift ideas.
Today, the gift I am sharing is a rib rub. We love using dry rubs on our ribs, but store-bought rubs are so expensive. Which is sad, because the homemade version is so inexpensive! I share how we make our basic recipe at Busy Being Jennifer.
What I love most about this DIY rib rub gift is that it is quick, easy, inexpensive, and looks adorable! It also works well for families that have a lot of boys, as it can sometimes be a challenge to find a handmade gift that works for boys or men.
I know any man would love getting this gift! Additionally, if you think outside the idea of physical neighbors, it would work as a great gift for any male service person- including a teacher, hairstylist, yard person, or whatever!
What I love most about this recipe is that it can be modified to suit any taste. You can mix up the spices for a whole different flavor profile. You can add mustard for a more Memphis-style ribs, add more pepper, add more spices for a deeper flavor, and many tons of other modifications. We use this particular recipe because it is classic, simple, and delicious.
Make a note to go along with the rub telling your recipient to also use honey and vinegar along with the rub to really pull the flavor from the meat. You will want the rub to rest on the meat for at least an hour before cooking. If you like a strong barbecue flavor, you should also rub on some barbecue sauce about 30 minutes before the ribs come out of the oven/grill.