Our Smoked Peppercorn Sage Rub is an exceptional multipurpose seasoning with an herbaceous blend of sage, paprika, onion, garlic, parsley, oregano and thyme, all balanced by pungent smoked peppercorns. Its leading role in this recipe makes for a robust and unique take on roast turkey.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 240 min

Total time: 250 min

Smoky Sage Roasted Turkey
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 12 servings


  1. Rinse turkey in cold water, inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels and set on rack placed on baking dish. Cover skin with 3 tablespoons Smoked Peppercorn Sage Rub, including back. Refrigerate turkey for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  3. Roast turkey for 13 minutes per pound, or until thickest part of leg reads 165°F on thermometer (for 20-pound turkey, that would be between 4 and 5 hours). Halfway through cooking, brush turkey with 2 tablespoons butter.

  4. Mix remaining tablespoon Smoked Peppercorn Sage Rub with remaining butter. Brush roasted turkey with butter mixture, and let turkey sit for at least 30 minutes before carving.