Easy BBQ Rubs to Make with Your Kids

The Fourth of July is the perfect chance to enjoy summer weather, friends, family, and of course, great barbeque!  Now that the holiday is over and we’re back to work, yesterday’s smokey, sweet and perfectly grilled food is still on our minds.  Because BBQs are such an important part of the summer, it’s great to get the whole family involved in planning and preparing the food.  Even though your kids may be too young to fire up the grill, they can help with an important part of the process – creating and applying the spice rub for the meat.

Get your kids involved in the process of measuring the spices, mixing them together, and brushing onto the meat.  This will help introduce them to measuring and cooking, and getting them excited about family BBQs.  Here are some easy rubs that use common household spices and require only 10-15 minutes to prep:

Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub

  • Good on Chicken, fish & steak
  • Calls for basic household spices
  • 10 calories & 0.1 grams of fat per serving

Kansas City Rib Rub

  • Use on ribs with BBQ sauce
  • Prep in less than 10 minutes
  • Can be stored up to 6 months

BBQ Dry Rub

  • Use on country style ribs & pork steaks
  • Ready in 10 minutes
  • Only 5 ingredients!

Marlowe’s BBQ Dry Rub (As seen at Marlowe’s Ribs on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives)

  • Try with chicken or fish
  • Spicy rub goes perfectly with sweet BBQ sauce
  • 10 minutes to prep

Try these rubs out and let us know how you like them!  How else do you get your kids involved in the kitchen?

-The Savvy Staff


  1. This is one of the best books you should buy if you are into grnlliig and/or smoking foods. It is the one I use the most (I own about 6-8 books). If you want to upgrade the flavor of anything you cook, this is the book for you. I commonly keep some of the rubs in the pantry and usually have at least one of the barbeque sauces in the fridge. My pepper grinder has the six-pepper blend in it all the time. I have even tried a mustard and ketchup from the book with great success! You don’t have to be a good chef to use this book (how hard is it to mix spices?).A previous reviewer listed that many of the recipes contain a hard to find ingredient. I don’t think that is an entirely fair assessment. The book author provides links in the back of the book to numerous mail order houses where you can buy all the ingredients you need. It is well worth it. I found that for a relatively modest investment in 4-6 spices, I have been able to make everything I have been interested in. I really really really like this book.

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