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A jar of turkey rub surrounded by squash and herbs.

Turkey Rub

This turkey rub is a blend of savory spices that come together to make the ultimate poultry seasoning. Homemade spice rub will add plenty of flavor to your Thanksgiving turkey, and also works well with chicken, pork and beef.
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 9kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Place all the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Rub the spice mixture all over your turkey, as well as under the skin, then cook as desired.
  • Spice rub can be made up to 2 months in advance.



  1. This recipe makes the perfect amount of rub to use on a 10-12 pound turkey. If your turkey is larger, you'll want to double the recipe.
  2. You can use fresh herbs instead of dried if you prefer; you'll just want to triple the amount of fresh herbs compared to dried.


Calories: 9kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg