Jerk Turkey Rub

jerk turkey rub

 The Spruce

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 10 servings

This mild jerk seasoning adds a fantastic flavor to turkey whether you're going to grill, smoke or deep fry it. Remember, when applying a rub to poultry, you have to get it under the skin. Otherwise, the skin blocks flavor and won't let the rub penetrate. If you'd like to ramp up the spiciness of this rub, try adding one of the optional ingredients.


  • 1 cup/240 ml brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup/80 ml sugar
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml salt
  • 2 teaspoons/10 ml garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons/10 ml onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml ​white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml black pepper
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon/5 ml powdered smoke flavoring
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    jerk turkey rub recipe ingredients
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  2. Combine everything in a medium bowl and taste. If opting for a spicier rub, add cayenne pepper a little bit at a time. Taste, and add more if needed. Use immediately.

    Jerk Turkey Rub Recipe
     The Spruce
  3. If making ahead of time, store in an airtight container in a cool cupboard for up to 6 months. Do not store any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.

    Jerk Turkey Rub Recipe
     The Spruce

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