DIY Nautical Mason Jar with Spiced BBQ Rub

Summer is here and that means BBQ season!  What better way to spice up Father’s Day for Dad than a mouthwatering spiced barbeque seasoning, in a nautical jar of course?  (It’s so good you’ll want to make one for yourself too!)

Now, we don’t claim to be BBQ experts at all, but we’ve got a favorite spice rub that has us making it by the mason jar so it’s ready to use at a moment’s notice.  We love it on pork (especially ribs & shoulder), chicken, and sustainable salmon too!

We like it so much that we decided to give it to our amazing dads to spice up their Father’s Day — it makes the perfect homemade gift that can be savored and enjoyed, whether they want to save it for themselves or make for a BBQ get-together.

And, we added a simple nautical touch to the jar to give it those summer coastal vibes that none of us can seem to get enough of!  Just a DIY anchor gift tag and navy blue rope.  So simple, and we’ll show you how.

Here’s what you’ll need for everything:

  • spices (see below for our recipe) + measuring cups/spoons
  • bowl to mix spices in
  • pint-sized mason jar
  • circular brown paper gift tag
  • thin blue rope or ribbon (2 feet or so)
  • white paint pen
  • black pen
  • scissors
  • clear tape

Spiced BBQ Rub supplies (640x427)

First, mix the spices in the bowl.  Here’s the recipe we use (modified from Alton Brown’s just a tad), and it made enough to give 2 pint-sized mason jar gifts (not all the way filled):

  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 6 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground all spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Spiced BBQ Rub spices (427x640)

Once mixed, pour into 2 pint-sized mason jars.

Spiced BBQ Rub (640x427)

Now it’s time for the simple nautical touch.  For the circular gift tag, use a white paint pen to make dots and a circle as shown:

easy DIY anchor gift tag step 1 (640x427)

Then connect the dots as shown, and add the prongs & crossbar.  You can also use the pen to smooth out the bottom of the anchor if you wish:

Once the ink is dry, add the spice name with a pen, and any instructions on the back:

Add the rope, wrapping it and then tying once:

Nautical Jar step 1 (427x640)

Then tie again:

Nautical Jar step 2 (427x640)

From here, insert the tag string into the opening in the middle of the tied blue rope, and then tie the tag:

Nautical Jar step 3 (427x640)

You can either wrap the rope around the back and tie it off, or cut it to leave hang:

You can wrap a small piece of tape around the ends of the rope to keep it from unraveling:

Nautical Jar step 5 (427x640)

And it’s all set to go to give as a gift (or use for your own BBQ celebrations)!

diy nautical mason jar with spiced bbq rub

Don’t be shy with the seasoning now — you’ll want the meat completely covered with it before cooking.  Mmmm we’re going to have to whip up another batch just for us now.  Enjoy!

Live porpoisefully, The Taylors

P.S. – Have a favorite dish that awakens the summertime coastal vibe for you?  We’d love to know!!! (Leave us a comment below to share!)

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