Homemade BBQ and Ranch Spice Mix

Sometimes it’s fun to make your own signature spice blends. This year I made a BBQ rub and a Ranch spice mix to give to my friends, family, co-workers and those who have touched my life throughout the year.

BBQ and Ranch Spice Mix

A recipe for a great BBQ and Ranch spice mix to give out as a gift. The post includes free printables for both mixes and a gift tag.

I used to buy pre-made rubs for by BBQ dishes and the ever popular packaged ranch mix but recently I have experimented with making my own. The barbecue is pretty much a no brainer. Most the combinations I tried were pretty good. The ranch was more difficult. The tough part was getting the right consistency. This recipe will make a great tasting ranch dressing but it’s rather runny. I thought about adding xanthan gum as a thickener but I wanted to keep it simple. So if you like your ranch extra thick you may need to try adding a thickening agent or maybe just more mayo.

Ranch & BBQ

I’ve included a couple of free printable labels in case you were interested in making your own. No need to reinvent the wheel. These labels were created Microsoft Word format for use with Avery 22808 labels. (I removed my logo) Click on the label you want to download.


BBQ label

Ranch label

I also created  a fun tag (2-in. x 2.5 in.) also in Word format, that you can use for all your gifts:

Christmas Tag


The Recipes:

Homemade Barbecue Spice Mix
You can use it for any seasoning. Typically used as a rub on ribs, pork shoulder, pork butt, chuck roasts cooked in a slow cooker.
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ¼ c chili powder
  • ¼ c hot paprika
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T cayenne pepper
  • 2 T salt
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 t black pepper
  1. Combine all ingredient and mix well. Keep in a sealed jar or bag for freshness.

Homemade Ranch Spice Mix
  • 1 C. cultured buttermilk powder
  • 3 T dried parsley flakes
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 t dried dill
  • 1 t sugar
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ t black pepper
  • ½ t dried thyme
  • ½ t paprika
  1. Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Place in a jar or baggie to keep fresh.
  2. To make the dressing combine 3 T of the mix with 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of mayonnaise. This dressing is on the thin side so you may want to add extra mayonnaise or less milk.
  3. To make dip combine 3 T of the mix to 1 pint of sour cream. A little lemon zest is great to add too.

Spice Mix Gift



About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Mary Minard says:

    Love both of these recipes, but especially the ranch dressing. Great idea!

  2. This is such a creative gift! I think my family would love receiving this for a Christmas gift! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party! Pinning to our Pinterest group board.

    • They are a big spoiler alert for my family and friends this year. They now know what my “handmade gift” is due to the blog. Oh well, I wanted to get it out there for others that may want to make them for their family and friends. Thanks for pinning!

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