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Father's Day DIY: How to Make Spice Rubs for Grilling and BBQ

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Spice rubs are a simple, inexpensive, practical gift to make for dad.

1 Spice rubs are a simple, inexpensive, practical gift to make for dad.

Markets that cater to immigrant shoppers often sell spices in bulk for very low prices, which is perfect if you want to mix a lot of rubs.  All this was about $30!

2 Markets that cater to immigrant shoppers often sell spices in bulk for very low prices, which is perfect if you want to mix a lot of rubs. All this was about $30!

Mason jars are ideal for storing rubs because they seal up tight and you can see the contents inside.

3 Mason jars are ideal for storing rubs because they seal up tight and you can see the contents inside.

Steve made his layered like sand art, but you would have to shake them to mix before using.

4 Steve made his layered like sand art, but you would have to shake them to mix before using.

Labels from MarthaStewart.com look great, or you could just decorate mailing labels.  You might want to add a back or lid label as well to let dad know what's in the rub and how to use it.

5 Labels from MarthaStewart.com look great, or you could just decorate mailing labels. You might want to add a back or lid label as well to let dad know what's in the rub and how to use it.

We didn't want to use spray adhesive in the studio because it isn't ventilated, so Steve used tape for his label.

6 We didn't want to use spray adhesive in the studio because it isn't ventilated, so Steve used tape for his label.

Steve proudly shows off his rubs with Terri and Maura.

7 Steve proudly shows off his rubs with Terri and Maura.

On today's installment of Whole Living's Crafting with Dudes series, we took on the challenge of making gifts for Father's Day. Unlike mothers, who seem pleased with anything handmade by their offspring (Tiger Mom being the one notable exception), fathers appear to want high-tech gadgets or fancy grills. We got as close as we could, DIY-style, by making customized spice rubs for barbecue and grilling. It's not like we can build an iPad, people, even with expert help from "Crafternoon" author Maura Madden!

In addition to being a great gift idea, I think that setting up a table of spices and jars so guests could make and take home their own spice rubs would be a really fun activity for a Father's Day grilling party. Bonus: Mix one of these with liquid and you've got yourself a marinade as well.

Check out the photos above to see how our own Steve Gonzalez put rubs together today and labeled his containers for wrap-free giving, then click the links below to see the recipes and labels.

Father's Day Clip Art Labels

All-Purpose Spice Rub
All-Around Spice Rub
Dry Spice Rub
Grilling Spices
Rustic Rub
Rib Rub
Emeril's Essence
Spicy Paprika Rub

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