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Best Turkey Rub

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Bake: 4 hours + standing


20 servings

Rubs really have a way of locking in the flavor of meats. Here a wonderful blend of seasonings makes turkey extraordinary.—Twila Burkholder, Middleburg, PA
Best Turkey Rub Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Rub half the seasoning mixture in the cavity of the turkey; add the bay leaves. Rub remaining mixture over the turkey skin.
  2. Tie the drumsticks together and place turkey in a roasting pan. Roast using your favorite cooking method until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Cover turkey and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.
Best Turkey Rub Tips

How do you store turkey rub?

The best way to store the turkey rub is in a freezer bag in the freezer. Remove as much air as possible, write the date on the bag and freeze for up to 6 months.

Can you rub the seasoning into the turkey ahead of time?

Yes! You can rub the seasoning into the turkey ahead of time. We recommend doing so overnight to allow the flavors to permeate the meat, resulting in a tender, juicy, and flavorful bird.

What other spices can you add to turkey rub?

You can add any other spices you like to our best turkey rub! This spicier turkey rub uses chili powder and cayenne pepper, while this homemade turkey seasoning relies on thyme, rosemary and marjoram. Now that you know how to season your turkey, plan for how much turkey you need per person.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

6 ounces cooked turkey: 376 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 51g protein.

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