Easy BBQ Rub Recipe (a Super Easy Father’s Day Gift Idea!)

T-minus 4 days until Father’s Day, which means we only have a few more days to get a gift for those special men in our lives. This year we decided to step outside our comfort zone and “DIY” a BBQ rub recipe since both of our dads love BBQ-ing this time of year. We haven’t shared a ton of gift ideas recently and this easy idea for Dad (or a hostess gift for your next BBQ) was just too easy not to share.
Easy BBQ rub makes the perfect Father's Day gift.

BUT you guys know that we’re faaaaar from experts in the kitchen, so you’re probably thinking, “why should we trust this recipe… so much so that we’re going to give it to the Grill-masters in our lives?”. Great question (you read our minds)!

We actually borrowed it from the experts at Weber grill and we’re confident that if they give it the seal of approval, our dads will too!   <— and no, this is not a sponsored post, we just think this DIY gift is an idea that can be a great way to get even the littlest kids involved in spoiling their dad.The ingredients for this easy DIY BBQ rub.

DIY BBQ Rub Recipe

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin

Use a small teaspoon to measure out your spices.

BBQ Rub Recipe

One of the reasons we love this idea is because it’s personalized, functional (dads love functional, don’t they?!) and super simple.
Easy BBQ rub recipe: such a simple, easy gift. We measured all of the ingredients into a bowl and then mixed them all up, making sure the brown sugar became as smooth as possible.

Then we took the BBQ rub and funneled into this adorable little mason jar shaker.
The rub looks great in these cute mini Mason jar style shakers.

We were left with this shaker full of the BBQ rub and quite a bit extra in 5 minutes or less. And the best part of “leftovers” is that you can make a batch of this and still have some leftover for another gift (maybe a hostess gift for a backyard BBQ?).
Mason jar style shakers are a cute way to present this easy DIY BBQ to Dad.

The shakers look so sweet with these little bowties--perfect for Dad.

Free Gift Tag Printable

To wrap it up, we added a gift tag & ribbon and we were done! Make this easy BBQ rub for Father's day!
If you want to use this same gift tag, you can download this one right here (print full-page) but any tag could do! We love the idea of pairing this with a gift card, some backyard gadgets (what dad doesn’t love gadgets?) or any “little something” that fits your dad’s personality. With 4 days until the big day, you have plenty of time to whip this up!

Looking for other Father’s Day gift ideas? Try this DIY beer tray or bourbon bottle soap dispenser.


The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.