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Easy Creole Turkey Rub

This is a flavorful and easy creole turkey rub recipe with just the right amount of heat. While this rub is meant for turkey, you can use it on all types of poultry and pork. Give this flavorful creole rub a try, and you won’t be disappointed. This turkey rub recipe makes enough rub for an 16 pound turkey. Double the recipe for a larger bird.

Easy Creole Turkey Rub

What does creole seasoning taste like?

Creole seasoning is slightly smoky, a little spice, and lends a deep, rich, savory flavor to grilled and smoked meats, soups, stews, and seafood. 

Creole vs. Cajun seasoning: While creole and cajun seasonings are similar, they should not be considered the same thing. Creole seasoning contains more herbal elements like dried thyme, basil, or oregano. Cajun seasoning includes a variety of peppers like ground white and black pepper mixed with cayenne.

Easy Creole Turkey Rub

What you’ll need to make easy creole turkey rub:

  • Coarse salt (omit if you have wet-brined the turkey)
  • Granulated onion (sub with onion powder)
  • Sweet paprika
  • Dried herbs: oregano and thyme
  • Granulated garlic
  • Cayenne pepper (adjust to your liking)
  • Black pepper

How to make easy creole turkey rub:

  • Combine your creole turkey rub ingredients in a small bowl. Remember to omit salt if you have already wet brined the turkey.
  • Make ahead of time and store in an airtight container in a cool dark cupboard for up to 1 year.
  • I like to store mine in these glass jars. They are easy to use, and I can label them and place them in my pantry.
Citrus-Thyme Dry Brine for Turkey

How to use this rub:

  • Pat your turkey dry with paper towels and brush with a little oil.
  • Apply the creole rub evenly on the surface of the turkey and under the breast skin. Cook the turkey as directed.
  • Discard any remaining rub that has come into contact with raw meat.

Can you season a turkey the night before?

Yes! You certainly can season your turkey with creole rub the night before cooking. It will act like a dry brine, drawing out the liquid and redistributing back into the meat. What you’ll end up with is a juicy, tender, flavorful bird. Follow the instructions above for applying the rub. Place the turkey onto a large platter, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and store it in your refrigerator for 18-24 hours.

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Easy Creole Turkey Rub

Easy Creole Turkey Rub

This is a simple and fantastic creole turkey rub with just the right amount of heat. While this rub is meant for turkey, you can use it on all types of poultry. Give this flavorful rub a try and you won't be disappointed. This recipe makes enough rub for a 18-20 pound turkey. Decrease ingredients by half if cooking a smaller bird.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ, American Food
Keyword: creole rub, turkey rub
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 0.66 Cup
Calories: 115kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt (omit if you have brined the turkey)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated onion
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (use less if preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

Instructions

  • Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl. Pat turkey dry with paper towels and apply rub evenly all over turkey, including under the breast skin. Remember to omit salt if you have already wet brined the turkey.
  • If making the rub ahead of time, simply store in an airtight container in a cupboard for up to 6 months.
  • Remember to discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13976mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6469IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 5mg
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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