Fast Father’s Day Gift: DIY Grilling Seasoning Mixes #grillmaster

May 27, 2014 by Amy Clark

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Last month I had so much fun creating our Mother’s Day gift here that I had to share the DIY love for our favorite dads. Today I wanted to share with you two easy DIY grilling seasoning mixes you can make and package up for Father’s Day.

At Kenmore, it is no secret that we love grilling season. Even as a mom, the more recipes and tips I learn for using my grill, the more I rely on it for our weeknight meals.

It is also no secret that our Dads love grilling and I thought making grilling seasoning mixes would be a fun gift to share with a special Dad in your life.


The beauty in this project is that it is easy to create one or many gifts with just one assembly line of ingredients. To really make your dollars stretch on this project, buy your spices in bulk or purchase the generic brands of spices to keep the gift frugal, but still thoughtful. The thing that I know I love about my Dad is that he is just the kind of guy that appreciates small and thoughtful gestures. These spice mixes are just the ticket for a gift that your Dad really can use.


If you are pinched for time, but still want the taste of freshly ground pepper in your recipes, utilize your food processor and pulse your peppercorns until they are ground or just run your food processor with them in there for a couple of minutes.  If you don’t have a food processor, a coffee grinder can also work to save you some time.


The first spice mix we are going to make is an easy all-purpose grill seasoning. This can be rubbed onto any meat before grilling. The red pepper flake and ground pepper add a lot of kick to this spice rub so if you prefer a mix with less spice, feel free to scale back those two spices. Remember to utilize your food processor to help blend your pepper and save you time!

All-Purpose Spice Mix

  • 4 tablespoons fresh coarse ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoon onion powder
  • 3 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 3 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


Mix all ingredients together well and store in an airtight container. You can double or triple this recipe for your jar.



If your Dad really likes to show-off on the grill, this spice mix is just what he needs to take his burgers to another level. Although the red might look spicy, it is actually paprika that adds a lot of warmth and flavor to your ground beef and just a hint of kick from the cayenne pepper.

To make your dad feel extra special, package it with our “Dad’s Secret Burger Seasoning” printable!

Dad’s Secret Burger Seasoning

  • 12 teaspoons paprika
  • 9 teaspoons black pepper
  • 7 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients together well and store in an airtight container.

We love our Dads so much at Kenmore that we created these fun jar printables so that you can package these up for him for a gift. Download our jar printables HERE.



What’s in your secret spice mix? Any dry rubs that you love to mix up for grill season? 

Amy Clark

Amy Allen Clark has been the driving force behind MomAdvice since 2004. In addition to running a successful community for women and running after her two kids, she has appeared on The Early Show, and in Parents magazine, Redbook, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, MSN Money and The New York Times.