Popular rubs for preparing smoked turkey include herb rubs, country rubs and Cajun-style rubs. Rubs add flavor and seasoning to the poultry while it is being cooked.
An herb turkey rub features the flavors of rosemary and thyme in conjunction with onions and garlic. This rub can also be sweetened by adding citrus notes of lemon and orange. For a spicier recipe, a Cajun-style rub with red pepper flakes and paprika is ideal.
A number of rub recipes originated in the American South. For example, a country rub is a thick paste that can be made from crushed bacon bits, minced parsley, paprika, cracked black pepper and tomato paste. Alternatively, a deep fried turkey rub recipe calls for whole bay leaves, hot Creole seasoning, black peppercorns, garlic powder, and dried thyme and oregano. Walter Jetton, a famous Texas barbecue pioneer, created a dry poultry seasoning that consists of salt, black pepper, MSG, garlic powder, ground bay leaves, dry mustard and parprika.
Pne of the most popular and well-rounded dry rub recipes for turkey calls for sugar, celery salt, ground black pepper, paprika, onion powder, dry mustard, cayenne and lemon zest.
A dry rub for smoked turkey must be rubbed under the skin and inside the turkey.