I love the hell out of my turkey fryer and Thanksgiving is a great excuse to fry up a bird. It also gives me a good excuse to hang outside with a beer as early at 10am. Over the years, I’ve tried out a few rubs. Some too spicy and some too bland but this turkey rub is the most flavorful one, hands down.
Just a couple of quick tips before I deliver this recipe. Unless you want the fire department at your house or a night in an emergency room, do NOT fry a turkey that is not COMPLETELY thawed. The grease temperature gets scorching hot and it will burst into flames. Also, don’t forget to pat-dry your turkey and invest in a good thermometer for the best cooking.
In fact, watch this handy turkey frying safety video from firefighters. Hey, they would know.
Ok, now you are ready for the recipe
Cajun Turkey Rub for Fried Turkey
2 cups Italian dressing—I use the pre-mixed, but you can make your own with this homemade Italian dressing recipe
1/2 cup cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons of melted butter
1/2 cup black pepper
Grab a medium mixing bowl toss in your dry ingredients first including your cajun Creole seasoning, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder. In a separate bowl, whisk in your Italian dressing and melted butter and add to dry mix—making sure to completely saturate all ingredients.
Rub mixture all over turkey making sure to completely coat it. If you are lucky enough to have any leftover ingredients such as Italian dressing, give the inside of the turkey a rub as well. As with all rubs…allow to marinate at least 24 hours before cooking.
Happy Thanksgiving and don’t burn the house down.