Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

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People love Turkey dishes, especially on Thanksgiving. Are you searching for an authentic turkey dry rub recipe? Try our recipe. We assure you that your family & friends will be fans of the turkey with the rub recipe.

There are various ways to make a turkey. But here we tell you the seasoning of turkey that provides a delicious and authentic taste. To learn the seasoning recipe, we recommend you read the whole article. 

Don’t skip any part because you will get special tips & tricks within every part of the article. With these tips & tricks, you can prepare the recipe perfectly at home.

Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

Turkey Dry Rub Ingredients

The savory turkey rub recipe is made with some simple ingredients. When you prepare a turkey recipe with these ingredients, it will taste delicious and flavorful. You can make the rub in large quantities and store it for further use.

Ingredients We Need 

You require some easily available spices and herbs to prepare the turkey dry rub seasoning. Let me discuss the ingredients briefly. 

  1. Brown Sugar

The ingredient needed in large quantities for the turkey dry rubs is brown sugar. You need 3 tablespoons of brown sugar for 10 – 12 pounds turkey. Sugar balances the spicy taste and gives the baked or grilled turkey a desirable color. 

Tips: If you want to avoid brown sugar, use “Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener instead of sugar.”  

  1. Kosher Salt 

According to our specialist, you can use 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt. It helps to remove the surface blood of the turkey. Moreover helps to soften the meat.

  1. Smoked Paprika 

If you like the smokey flavor, it is better to use smoked paprika. Smoked paprika gives a more intense flavor to the turkey dish. You should use 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika for this dry rub recipe.

Tips: If you do not like the smoky flavor avoid using smoked paprika. In this case, you can use regular paprika, it is not so intense in flavor.

  1. Black Pepper 

Now, you need 1 tablespoon of crushed black pepper. It enhances the flavor and gives a spicy taste. 

  1. Garlic Powder 

Garlic is a very flavorful ingredient. As we are preparing dry rubs, we require dehydrated garlic powder. It is easy to incorporate powdered garlic into foods. Besides, garlic has an antibacterial effect which helps us to boost our immunity. You can use 1 tablespoon of garlic powder for the recipe. 

  1. Onion Powder 

As with garlic powder, you also need 1 tablespoon of onion powder to get the complete flavor of the meat. If you like the onion flavor very much, you can add more than 1 tbsp, but not more than 1 ½ tbsp.

  1. Dried Crushed Rosemary 

At the beginning of this article, we tell you that this turkey rub seasoning will provide the authentic taste of turkey. To get the authentic taste, Rosemary is the vital ingredient. But it requires only a small amount. You need 1 teaspoon of dried crushed Rosemary for the perfect dry rub. 

  1. Dried Thyme Leaves 1 tsp

Thyme leaves improve the organoleptic qualities of the recipe. Furthermore, it also helps in digestion. So, you need to use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves.

Tips: If you don’t know of the organoleptic quality of a food, we explain it for your easy understanding. Organoleptic qualities are what can be observed by your organ—for example, the smell, appearance, and taste.

  1. Rubbed Sage

Then, you need ½ teaspoon of rubbed sage. Sage provides a savory taste to the recipe. It also improves the texture of the prepared food. 

Tips: Sage contains a high level of vitamins A & C. It also helps to prevent cancer. So don’t forget to use rubbed sage in the rub recipe.

  1. Celery Salt

As Kosher salt is not so salty, you should use ½ teaspoon of celery salt. Celery salt is made with a combination of celery and table salt. It balances the whole taste and also provides an excellent aroma to the dish.

Tips: You can make the celery salt at your home. Just ground the celery and mix it with the table salt in a 2:1 ratio.  

  1. Cayenne Pepper 

If you want to make the rub spicy, you can add ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper. You can skip cayenne pepper if you don’t like spicy.

Note: You can make the perfect homemade turkey rub for oven with these ingredients. The taste will be mouth-watering, and you can be sure about that. But, it is not unusual to use other ingredients except these 11 ingredients. Our professionals suggest using ingredients with other flavors if you like the flavor in your turkey dish.

Equipment We Need

As we are telling you the simple dry rub for turkey, you need only 2 equipment. There is no such hassle to prepare a simple dry rub. You only need;

  1. A Large Bowl

The bowl is required for mixing all the spices and herbs to prepare the ultimate dry rub. 

  1. Measuring Spoons

You require measuring spoons to measure the ingredients accurately. You also can use one spoon to mix all the ingredients. 

How to Make a Turkey Rub?

Making turkey rub is very easy and quick. We divide the whole procedure into 3 easy steps so that you can understand it very easily and properly.

  • Step 1: Collecting All Required Ingredients

At first, you need to see the ingredients list. Then collect all the required ingredients on a table beside you. You will get all the spices and herbs from your local market. 

  • Step 2: Mixing

Now put all the ingredients into a bowl one by one as we present in the ingredient list. Don’t forget to measure the ingredients accurately with the measuring spoon. The taste of the rub depends on the proper ratio of the spices and herbs.

Now, it is time for the most crucial step which is mixing. You need to mix all the ingredients appropriately. Mix with a spoon for about 2 minutes.

Tips: Mix perfectly because the more you mix the ingredients perfectly, the more taste you will get.

  • Step 3: Storage

After mixing, the turkey dry rub is ready to use in the turkey dishes. You can make more than your one-time need, and you can store the dry rubs for future use. Put the dry rubs into an air-tight glass jar. You can keep it in the refrigerator for more than 3 months.

Now, the dry rub is prepared to use. You only need to rub the spices on the skin of the turkey, and also under the skin. Then you can bake or grill the turkey as you want.

Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

Do you want to make the best turkey recipe at home? Try the simple & quick turkey dry rub recipe to prepare a delicious turkey and save your time.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Servings8 people
AuthorSpice to Sauce


  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Dried Crushed Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Dried Thyme Leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Rubbed Sage
  • 1/2 Tsp Celery Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • At first, collect all the require spices and herbs.
  • Then put them into a large bowl.
  • Finally, mix the ingredients properly.
  • The turkey dry rub is redy for use.
  • Rub the mixture on & under the turkey. Then cook it as you want.
  • You can store the access dry rub into an air tight glass jar.


Serving: 5g


After learning this super easy turkey dry rub recipe, making turkey dishes will be as simple as water. You will be glad to know that, you can use these dry rubs not only for turkey but also for poultry, pork, beef, and veggies also.

Prepare the rub recipe and store it according to our guidelines. After making the dry rub, you only need to rub the spices on the skin of the turkey properly. Then, you can cook it.

The best turkey will be ready to serve. It will help you to decrease your cooking hassle, as well as it will save your valuable time.

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