Dry Rub For Turkey
This Dry Rub for Turkey is so flavorful. Use it to add flavor to your Thanksgiving Turkey, or keep things on a smaller scale and use it for a Smoked Turkey Breast or Smoked Turkey Legs.
See how to use this poultry rub to season my Spatchcock Turkey. You won’t find a more flavorful turkey recipe.
You can also use this recipe for Smoked Turkey Breast and Smoked Turkey Legs.
Why You’ll Love This Turkey Rub Recipe
- Easy – Smoking a turkey breast is one of the easiest beginner-smoker recipes.
- Tasty – You can experiment with this tasty dry rub that is great on turkey and chicken. Hello, Thanksgiving turkey.
- Leftovers – A boneless smoked turkey breast will give you tons of turkey meat for dinner, and you can use the leftovers to make sandwiches all week long.
Recipe For Dry Rub For Turkey
With just a few simple spices, you can make the BEST dry rub for all your favorite turkey recipes. You can use this recipe on a whole turkey or if you want to make something smaller scale on a turkey breast or turkey legs.
- Kosher salt
- dried thyme
- rubbed sage
- allspice berries
- juniper berries
- pink peppercorn
- black peppercorn
This poultry rub recipe is different than Poultry Seasoning because it has salt mixed in. Poultry seasoning is usually a finely pulverized powder that contains no salt.
Homemade Turkey Rub
The easiest way to make a spice blend is with a spice grinder.
- Set the salt aside.
- Combine the dry spices in the spice grinder and pulse until they are finely ground.
- Mix the pulverized spices with the kosher salt.
- Store in an airtight container until you are ready to use.
Using a dry rub on meat is a technique known as dry brining. Dry brining is my preferred method of adding seasoning to any meat.
Use this flavorful poultry rub when baking, roasting, or smoking chicken or turkey. And interestingly enough, the rub is also great on pork.
How To Use A Dry Rub For Turkey – The nerdy details
When using a dry rub, you are essentially dry brining the meat. A dry bine infuses flavor into the meat by osmosis. While this sounds like magic…it’s more science than magic.
When a salt-containing spice rub is applied to the surface of the meat, the salt in the rub pulls out the moisture in the meat. As the moisture sits on the surface, it dissolves the salt in the rub.
Osmotic pressure works to return the cells to their proper moisture balance. The dehydrated cells in the meat pull back in the dissolved salt and moisture on the surface. Along with the salt, the flavors from spices are also pulled back into the meat. This is a win-win.
How To Dry Brine Turkey
- Rinse the turkey in cool water and then pat it dry.
- Set the turkey on a wire rack placed over a heavy baking sheet.
- Use a few tablespoons of the dry rub to coat the turkey. Make sure to season all sides and even add some to the inside if you make a whole turkey.
- Place the turkey in the fridge, on the baking sheet, uncovered. Dry brine for 1 to 4 days before cooking.
How To Cook A Dry Brined Turkey
You can use any turkey seasoning with any method of cooking. A few of my favorite turkey recipes are:
- Spatchcock Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
- Roasted Turkey Breast with Apple and Sausage Stuffing
- Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey
- Smoked Turkey Breast – boneless or bone-in is fine.
- Smoked Turkey Legs
- Whole Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
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Dry Rub For Turkey
- 3 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons rubbed sage
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 ¼ teaspoons whole black peppercorns
- 1 ¼ teaspooons pink peppercorns
- ¼ teaspoon dried juniper berries
- ½ teaspoon whole allspice berries
- Set the salt aside.3 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
- Add all of the dry spices to a spice blender and pulse until the mixture is a fine rub.1 ½ teaspoons rubbed sage, 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme, 1 ¼ teaspoons whole black peppercorns, 1 ¼ teaspooons pink peppercorns, ¼ teaspoon dried juniper berries, ½ teaspoon whole allspice berries
- Combine the salt this the pulverized spices.
- Store in an airtight container.