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All-Purpose Spice Rub Recipe

Need a Last-Minute Gift? Try This Spice Rub

This holiday season, treat your friends, family, and loved ones to a homemade edible gift. We've compiled 30 of our favorite edible gifts — including this recipe — so you can deliciously DIY.

The easiest edible gift of all, an all-purpose spice rub that comes together in one single, five-second step. Think of this rub as a magic elixir for everything from roasted vegetables to grilled chicken and pan-fried fish.

You could even sprinkle some on top of ramen, or add a spoonful to oil and vinegar for an intriguing salad dressing. If you've got lots of friends and family, multiply the batch and hand out tins as a thoughtful stocking stuffer. You can't go wrong!

All-Purpose Spice Rub

All-Purpose Spice Rub

All-Purpose Spice Rub Recipe 2010-12-02 11:18:53


  1. 1/3 cup coarse salt
  2. 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup paprika
  4. 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  6. 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  7. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar. Store in an airtight container, away from heat and light, up to 6 months.

Makes 1 1/4 cups, or enough to season 5 to 10 pounds of meat, poultry, or seafood.

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