Orange Herbed Turkey with Spiced Rub

Orange Herbed Turkey with Spiced Rub - with savory herbs and spices, this recipe results in a mouthwatering tender bird so delicious everyone will want seconds or thirds! It's simple to make with only a little more prep time compared to a basic Thanksgiving turkey.

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With savory herbs and spices, this Orange Herbed Turkey with Spiced Rub recipe will result in a mouthwatering tender bird so delicious everyone will want seconds or thirds!



Orange herb marinade for under the skin &/or injector:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Herb Rub for the turkey skin:

  • peanut oil or other oil
  • 1 Tbsp sage, ribboned
  • 1/2 Tbsp thyme, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp rosemary, minced
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • fresh young turkey


  1. The night before, chop up the herbs. Place the herbs meant for the herb/spice rub back in the refrigerator.
  2. Mix together all the marinade ingredients, cover, and leave out overnight. This will allow the herbs to infuse into the oil resulting in greater flavor.
  3. The morning of:
  4. Preheat your smoker or oven. For a smoker, soak apple wood chips in water about 30 minutes prior to cooking and turn your smoker on high.
  5. Next prepare your turkey. Take the turkey from the package and remove the giblets and neck. Rinse off the juices and pat the turkey dry with a paper towel.
  6. Place the turkey on a baking sheet, roasting pan, or platter. Gently use your fingers to open the area between the breast and the skin, being careful not to tear the skin. Have someone help you hold the turkey upright and spoon 1/4 of the marinade liquid into this small area between the skin and breast. Spoon another 1/4 marinade mixture into the other breast area. Lay the turkey back down and massage gently to distribute the marinade.
  7. Strain the herbs from the remaining liquid and inject the remaining marinade into the things, drumstick, and breast.
  8. For the herb and spice rub:
  9. Mix the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and orange zest together.
  10. Brush the turkey with peanut oil or your favorite oil. Sprinkle the remaining herbs over the oil and skin. Next, sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the entire turkey, including the underside.
  11. Cook as directed. Your turkey is done when the breast meat is 165˚ F and dark meat is 175˚ F.
  12. When your Orange Herbed Turkey with Spiced Rub is finished, remove from the smoker or oven and let it sit for about 20 minutes before serving.


Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your turkey; it can be anywhere from 2-5 or more hours.
Serving size also varies.