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Citrus-Rosemary Turkey Rub

Citrus-Rosemary Turkey Rub

This buttery citrus rosemary turkey rub offers a bright and fresh flavor to turkey. Omit the salt if you are bringing the bird first. The beauty of this rub is that it works with any cooking method from grilling, smoking, rotisserie, to baking in the oven.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: best turkey rub, poultry rub, turkey rub, turkey rub recipe, turkey rub recipes
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 1.25 Cups
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened, not melted
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt omit if wet brining
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper


  • As mentioned above, if you plan on wet brining the turkey, omit the salt from this recipe.
  • Combine softened unsalted butter with lemon juice and lemon zest. Add remaining ingredients and mix through.
  • Apply 1/3 of the mixture under the breast skin, coating the meat really well. Apply the remaining 2/3 of the rub on the skin and inside the cavity of the turkey.
  • Cook as directed.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 5241mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1781IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg