Gather ye spices while ye may

Struggling to find the perfect gift idea for the person who has everything?
By George, we’ve got it! The ideal gift … and it won’t rub anyone the wrong way.

Make spice rubs for steaks and roasts. Gather some pretty plastic or glass bottles — heck, even a zipper-locking bag will do the trick. Then stir together your favorite spices to accent your friend or family member’s favorite beef dishes.

You can follow a recipe — I’ve linked to some of our favorites below, or concoct your own special blend. Mix spices, then bottle or bag. Apply a handmade or printable label and there you have it! An easy, creative and gourmet present.

Truly a gift of great taste!

I love the Ranchero Rub. It’s a blend of cocoa powder, ancho chile powder, cumin and sea salt. The recipe makes about a 1/4 cup, ideal for 2 lbs. of beef (think four 8-oz. strip steaks).

This is a great gift idea for grilling gurus, moms, dads, neighbors, even cousin Eddie. And if you really want to knock their socks off, pair your homemade blends with a package of Certified Angus Beef ® brand steaks. Find a retailer near you or order online and have it shipped for the holidays.

The ultimate gift? Assemble spices and steaks in a basket, gift bag or who knows … under the lid of a new grill, maybe. I do suggest you freeze the steaks prior to gifting. (And be sure the recipient returns them to the refrigerator immediately upon opening!)

Aaaahhh. I feel like one of the elves …

Adding spice to the holidays one steak at a time!

Try these tasty spice rub recipes!

Note: We mixed our own spice blends, printed labels and affixed to bottles. These are not ready-made spices and the Certified Angus Beef ® brand does not offer them for sale — but we hope you’ll enjoy making them at home!

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Jennifer Kiko

Jennifer lives on a rural route with her husband, kids, horses, cows and faithful Labs, Cash and Carter. She's an aspiring foodie and enjoys making good food for great friends. She lives next door to a winery, plays the piano, and admits to growing too many tomatoes.

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