All Purpose Poultry Rub

This all-purpose poultry rub has all the goodness of a basic chicken rub, with a bit of chili powder for earthiness and a splash of paprika for color. Simple, unique, and delicious. You have the option of using this mixture as a dry rub, a wet rub, or adding this seasoning mixture to sauces and marinades.


Coarse Salt: Kosher or Sea salt
Onion Powder
Dried Parsley
Black Pepper: Fine, medium, or coarse ground for the pepper enthusiast
Paprika (not smoked): Look for a sweet or plain variety
Chili Powder: Mild or ancho
Dry Mustard
Herb de Provence: Gives this rub a floral and herbal note
Celery Salt
Garlic Powder: Or granulated garlic
Allspice: A nice spiced undertone without the robust flavors of cinnamon.

Use and Storage

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-Use this all-purpose poultry rub on chicken, whole or pieces, and wings. If using on turkey, double the recipe to make enough seasoning. This rub works  great on game hens and pheasant as well.

-Make a large batch and store the rub in a tightly closed jar in the cupboard for easy access. Scoop out what you need, to keep the the remaining rub contaminant free.

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-To use: Apply rub onto the poultry of choice. If cooking a whole chicken or turkey, work the rub under the breast skin.


-This can easily be made into a wet rub by adding a tablespoon or two to the rub mixture. Form into a loose paste to make spreading easier.

-For turkey, combine this rub with one stick of unsalted butter and slather all over the bird and under the breast skin. If you plan to wet brine the turkey, omit the salt in this rub. Replace the celery salt with  1 1/2 teaspoons of pulverized celery seed.

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All Purpose Poultry Rub

All Purpose Poultry Rub

This is a good All Purpose Poultry Rub that works perfectly on on all cuts of chicken. Try it on chicken breasts, wings, drumsticks, and a whole chicken. It is works perfectly with different cooking methods.. Use it when baking, grilling, smoking, or frying. It's even great as a rub for turkey. This recipe makes enough for 3 pound chickens.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cup


  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp black pepper (coarse ground)
  • 1 tbsp paprika (not smoked)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp herb de provence
  • 1 tbsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp allspice


  • Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl until well mixed through. Use immediately or store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months after preparation. Use liberally on chicken, and double recipe for your cooking needs. The mixture can be added to bastes, marinades, and barbecue sauces as well.


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All Purpose Poultry Rub