Sweet and Savory Turkey or Chicken Rub
Sweet and Savory Turkey or Chicken Rub

Sweet & Savory Turkey (or chicken) Rub

January 12, 2017

This turkey rub covers all your taste bases. It's a little sweet and tangy, a little savory and smoky and it makes a delicious gravy with the flavor of your favorite herbs.

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Yields: 1 1/2 Cups


1 turkey or chicken

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1 stick melted butter

1/2 cup Brown Sugar Balsamic Mustard

2 tbsp kosher or large flake sea salt

2 tbsp fresh ground pepper

4 tbsp favorite fresh herbs (thyme, sage, oregano, etc.)

1 tbsp smoked paprika/chipotle powder

1/2 onion


1Remove giblets & plastic 'thermometer' from bird. Combine first 5 ingredients well.

2Mince about 3 Tbs. of the fresh herbs, reserving a few sprigs to use to stuff inside the cavity. Add minced herbs to the mayo butter.

3Begin rubbing the blend onto the bird. Carefully separate the breast skin & rub a good amount under the skin. This will flavor & baste the meat itself. Rub inside of cavity with some of the mayo butter blend.

4Add herb sprigs & onion half to the cavity. If using, sprinkle paprika/chipotle powder onto the bird.

5Roast as desired or wait up to 3 days until roasting.

You can wet-brine your bird ahead of the rub if desired. If you rub the bird without brining ahead, the rub will act like a brine with the salt in it initially drawing out the bird's internal moisture but then pulling it back in after about 24 hours. Therefore, we recommend allowing the rubbed bird 2-3 days of chilling-out in the fridge before roasting if you aren't using a pre-brined bird.


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