Recipe By Tracy Law
Published Mar 5th
Prep 10m Cook - Additional - Ready In 10m
Servings 12 turkey rub Calories 27.9

This dry rub recipe is an adaptation of a cajun rub recipe I came across. It reduces the salt and replaces it with brown sugar and a couple more savory spices. It is good for a 12- to 16-pound turkey and should also work well with chicken and pork.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Combine brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder, salt, and cumin together in a bowl; stir until well mixed.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 27.9
  • Carbohydrate 6.3 g
  • Fat 0.4 g
  • Fiber 0.7 g
  • Protein 0.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.1 g
  • Sodium 875.2 mg
  • Sugar 4.2 g

Chef's Notes

When you are ready to use the rub, pull back skin on turkey breast, drumsticks, and anywhere else you can pull back skin to expose the meat. Sprinkle rub onto meat; pat down rub. Replace skin. Refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. ; Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of turkey rub. The actual amount of turkey rub consumed will vary.


  1. Made as written and I was super impressed with this. I was a little worried that there might be too much heat but it was absolutely perfect. I will be making this again and I cannot wait to try it on chicken next. Thanks for sharing!

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