From AllRecipes.com, a good recipe for deep-fried turkey rub requires crushed bay leaves, dried thyme and oregano, freshly ground pepper, Creole seasoning and garlic powder. The deep-fried turkey rub should be prepared at least 24 to 48 hours before frying the turkey to allow adequate time for marinating.
To prepare the deep-fried turkey dry rub, combine 25 crushed bay leaves, 3 1/2 teaspoons of dried thyme, 3 1/2 teaspoons of dried oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground pepper, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder and 3 tablespoons of Creole seasoning in a small bowl. Stir the herbs and spices thoroughly to mix evenly.
Rub the turkey rub generously all over the outer surface and inside cavity of the turkey. Also apply some under the skin to get the flavors into the turkey's flesh. Marinate the turkey in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours before deep frying to ensure the rub's flavors are deeply infused into it.
For extra spice, cooks can add rosemary, black pepper and salt to this recipe to taste. Alternative deep-fried turkey rub recipes from About.com include jerk turkey rub, citrus-rosemary turkey rub, Creole turkey rub and Custer's old fashioned turkey rub. These recipes call for similar spices to make both dry and wet rubs.