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Herbed Rubbed Turkey

Rubs really have a way of locking in the flavor of meats. Here a wonderful blend of seasonings makes turkey extraordinary.—Twila Burkholder, Middleburg, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 4 hours
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 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)


  • 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.
  • 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 slicing.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 22, 2019

    I gave this a try for Thanksgiving this year. It added a good flavor to the meat. With the obvious variety of spices, it is not a traditional flavor for a Thanksgiving turkey. While I will make it again it won't be for a Thanksgiving meal.

  • sasamitch
    May 10, 2013

    My family loved this!

  • pattibourey
    May 31, 2012

    The seasonings give such a wonderful aroma while baking and a wonderful taste once on the dinner table.

  • smalltowngirl_VA
    Nov 23, 2011

    No comment left

  • pamgarrett
    Feb 3, 2011

    I made half of the rub and roasted a chicken with it. It was nothing special, just ok.

  • slding
    Dec 2, 2010

    My husband loves the turkey skin and he really 'gobbled' this recipe!

  • kitchenette
    Nov 28, 2010

    I used this to season my Thanksgiving turkey, and it added a very good flavor to the turkey without being overpowering. I omitted the allspice and curry, and reduced the paprika to 1/2 tsp. and the mustard to 1/4 tsp. If I make this again, I'll use just 1 tsp. of salt rather than a Tbsp. The turkey tasted just right, but the pan drippings made the gravy very salty.

  • jlc2
    Nov 21, 2010

    This seasoning was spectacular. I froze the leftover Turkey and used it in a soup. The flavor of the soup was wonderful. There was no need to use any additional spices in the soup.

  • linda_ing
    Nov 20, 2010

    Duchess502, a turkey is usually roasted at 325 degrees. I think the recipe is saying to use a standard recipe for roasting a turkey {ie with more detailed instructions) but add the rub.

  • Maxine Miller
    Nov 20, 2010

    I would avoid the curry and allspice. It' destroys the American taste of the turkey.