Maple Sage Spice Rub

Elaine Bovender


I had always brined my turkey before preparing, but last year I decided to try this recipe that I got from my oldest daughter. I'm not sure where she got it, but holy cow, it made the best turkey that I ever tasted! I haven't tried this with other meats, but I'll bet it would make a superb pork loin roast. I'll try it and let you know!


★★★★★ 1 vote

Makes enough for a 12 to 14 lb turkey
5 Min


  • 4 Tbsp
    kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried sage, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp
    pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    dark maple syrup (not imitation)

How to Make Maple Sage Spice Rub


  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. NOTE: Do not use a kosher turkey for this recipe. Kosher turkeys have already been brined before you buy them.

Printable Recipe Card

About Maple Sage Spice Rub

Course/Dish: Rubs
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom

Show 19 Comments & Reviews

12 Restaurant-Style Fried Rice Recipes

12 Restaurant-Style Fried Rice Recipes

Make restaurant-style fried rice at home! It may sound and look intimidating, but preparing fried rice is quite simple. A great way to use leftover white rice, too. From chicken fried rice to vegetable fried rice to fried rice with egg, these recipes will have your family thinking you ordered takeout.

23 Honey Recipes to Make ASAP

23 Honey Recipes to Make ASAP

We love the sweet addition honey adds to our favorite recipes. Honey has the power to balance out spice, upgrade our favorite bread recipes, sweeten up ham, and take fried chicken to a whole new level – honey is your new favorite condiment. Scroll down for some inspired honey dishes that are sure to sing […]

20 Dinner Ideas for When You Don’t Know What to Make

20 Dinner Ideas for When You Don’t Know What to Make

Ever feel like your weekly menu is stuck in a rut? We’re here to help. These family tested and approved recipes will shake up your kitchen and be a hit at your dinner table. Easy to make and oh-so-yummy, check out these tried and true dinner ideas for when you don’t know what to make!