Maple Sage Spice Rub
4 Tbspkosher salt
2 Tbspdried sage, crumbled
1/2 tsppumpkin pie spice
1/2 tspblack pepper, coarsely ground
1/2 tspgarlic powder
2 Tbspdark maple syrup (not imitation)
How to Make Maple Sage Spice Rub
- TO MAKE THE RUB: Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add the maple syrup and stir well. Mixture should look and feel like wet sand.
- THE TURKEY: Rub the mixture on the inside and outside of the turkey. Place turkey in a plastic bag and refrigerate at least 12 hours, up to overnight. Every few hours or so, turn the turkey around in the bag to marinate in the juices that have been released. (They will eventually mostly get reabsorbed, but this helps the flavors penetrate the meat evenly.)
- NOTE: Do not use a kosher turkey for this recipe. Kosher turkeys have already been brined before you buy them.