Here’s a recipe for a great BBQ and Ranch spice mix to give out as a gift, including free printables for both mixes and a gift tag.
Sometimes it’s fun to make your own signature spice blends. This year I made a BBQ and Ranch spice mix to give to my friends, family, co-workers and those who have touched my life throughout the year.
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.
BBQ and Ranch Spice Mix
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.
Homemade Barbecue Spice Mix
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup hot paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredient and mix well. Keep in a sealed jar or bag for freshness.
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.
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
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Place in a jar or baggie to keep fresh.
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.
To make dip combine 3 T of the mix to 1 pint of sour cream. A little lemon zest is great to add too.
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