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Roasted Turkey With Bourbon Glaze

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Rating: 5/5
2 reviews

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   12

recipe id: 58645

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1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons snipped fresh marjoram
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
16 pounds turkey
1/4 cup bourbon
black pepper


For glaze, combine butter, brown sugar, marjoram, and lemon peel in a small mixing bowl.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Using your fingers, separate turkey skin from breast meat, being careful not to tear skin or pierce meat. Spread about half of the glaze over the breast meat under the skin.

Melt remaining glaze; cool slightly. Stir in bourbon. Brush mixture over outside of turkey. Season turkey with salt and pepper. Pull neck skin to back and fasten with a short skewer. Tuck drumsticks under the band of skin that crosses the tail. If there isn't a band, tie drumsticks to tail. Twist wing tips under back.

Insert a meat thermometer in the center of an inside thigh muscle. The thermometer bulb should not touch bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil. Roast in a 325 degrees F oven for 3-3/4 to 4-1/4 hours or until thermometer registers 180 degrees F.

After 3 hours, cut the skin or string between drumsticks. Remove foil the last 30 minutes of roasting to let bird brown. Turkey is done when drumsticks move very easily in their sockets and their thickest parts feel soft when pressed. Remove turkey from oven and cover loosely with foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Just made a scaled down version of this (10 lb turkey) as a test run for Thanksgiving. If the inlaws react the same way my family did, it's going to be a huge hit! That glaze is to die for! Turkey was moist. Didn't really add any flavor to the meat itself so I will probably brine the "official" turkey. I will probably make it a slightly sweet brine (brown sugar, salt, herbs) to match with the glaze.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have used this recipe for 3 consecutive Thanksgivings to rave reviews. Everyone loves the flavor, the meat is very moist, and it is not difficult. It will be my signature turkey recipe from now on ( I am at this site to reprint the recipe, it has splatters on it and I coudn't read all ingredients!) ENJOY

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