Easy Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

Turkey Dry Rub RecipeWe have now entered the month of November and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This month we’ll be featuring several recipes here on TheClassyChics blog that would be appropriate for the holiday.

To kick things off, we’ve got this super easy recipe to make your own dry rub to season your turkey with. You only need a few ingredients to make it!

To get started, you’ll want to brush 2 tablespoons of light olive oil all over your turkey. Then brush on 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Set aside.

Turkey Dry Rub Recipe

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix together all of the dry ingredients (herbs and spices) listed above in a little bowl, until combined. Sprinkle them all over the turkey, rubbing them in by hand. Cover the turkey and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. This will allow the spices & herbs more time to flavor the meat. Remove from refrigerator and bake until done.

Note: To keep your turkey moist during the baking process, make sure you baste it often with the drippings. We keep our bird covered for most of the baking process and then uncover during the last 60-90 minutes to allow the skin to brown.

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  1. Laura Collins says:

    I tried to pin but could not looks like I will have to rely on memory

  2. I re-pinned vintage sparkle 15 festive holiday ornaments.

  3. Very timely recipe for me. I am hosting the holidays this year and am beginning to think about what recipes that I would like to use. I like the different spices used and how easy this recipe is to follow and use.

  4. I’m not the one who does the turkey, but I will pass this along to my turkey fixing friend. I like the herbs & spices in it.

  5. I am trying to embrace an autoimmune paleo diet going forward so looks like I will need some sort of turkey recipe this year. I’m not a natural meat eater but trying and this delicious rub will help. Love all these spices and olive oil, which I’m trying to increase too.

  6. ellen beck says:

    I usually do my turkey this way with the dry rub. I think it tastes better and leaving it overnight really makes it better . I like the ‘deeper’ flavor the rub gives. Your version looks quite good.

  7. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I do like a good dry rub recipe. This one sounds perfect for the fall season, but I would probably substitute turmeric for the cumin.

  8. That’s an interesting mix of herbs and spices for a turkey. For Thanksgiving, I think I’ll stick with the more traditional sage, but I like the idea of mixing it up with chili powder, cumin, and allspice for a non-Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Tamra Phelps says:

    I love a good dry rub recipe! This one sounds like a winner, too.

  10. (Easy Turkey Dry Rub Recipe) This recipe rub for the upcoming holidays sounds like a great one to use on our Thanksgiving turkey this November.