Every year I get stumped on the same people in the gift giving department. It’s usually the men in my family…my dad, my brother, my brother-in-law, my grandpa. Last year, since I knew they all enjoy food I decided to give them something a little different, something from my kitchen that they could also use in theirs – homemade barbecue rub and peach barbecue sauce.
The barbecue rub is super easy to put together and I’ve used it often in recipes like beer can chicken or rubbed onto to salmon or shrimp before broiling or grilling. I follow the basic barbecue rub recipe from Steve Raichlen’s How To Grill cookbook and triple or quadruple the amounts to make a larger quantity. Depending on what size your spice jars are is how many gifts you will have out of the amount you make. Fill up your jars, and save what’s leftover for yourself.
The peach barbecue sauce is absolutely delicious and I came across it randomly one afternoon while I was watching Down Home with the Neelys on Food Network. That’s pretty much when the idea of gifting barbecue sauce and rub came together.
You can find the recipe for Gina’s Peach BBQ Sauce here on Food Network’s site.
If you are new to canning (I was last year, and still am!) here’s a great page from Ball on getting started, including an instructional video.
Basic Barbeque Rub
Recipe from Steven Raichlen’s How To Grill cookbook
1/4 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir or whisk to mix. Transfer to a jar, cover, and store away from heat and light. The rub will keep for several months.
Makes 1 cup
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