Turkey Dry Rub

Before Tom Turkey goes into the barbecue grill or the meat smoker, flavor him with turkey dry rub seasoning.

This rub mix works well on whole turkeys, turkey breasts, legs or thighs. Barbecue 'em on the grill, in the oven, or in the good ol' backyard meat smoker. Now that's a real treat!

Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

Try this non-traditional turkey seasoning next time you barbecue a couple of turkey breasts or a smoke a batch of turkey legs. For this recipe, you'll need...

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

(makes enough for 6-8 legs, or two whole breasts)


Combine all of the dry ingredients. Lightly coat the turkey with a bit of vegetable oil, then dust on some of the dry rub mix. A light coating is all the turkey needs. Try to get some of the dry rub under the skin for a more intense flavor.

Let the turkey rest in the fridge for at least an hour before barbecuing so the flavors can absorb into the meat. The seasoned turkey can be baked in the oven at 350F. Cook it on a rack until the internal temperature of the breasts is 170F. Thighs and legs need to reach 180F.




Adjust The Flavor

For a spicier turkey dry rub, double the amounts of white pepper and cayenne. That'll get Tom's attention!