Sweet & spicy whole turkey recipe



Yield 10-12 servings



  1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for another use. Pat turkey dry. 
  2. Starting from breast, loosen and lift skin from turkey without completely detaching it.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together salt, brown sugar, onion powder, paprika, ginger, dry mustard and cayenne pepper.
  4. Reserve 2 tablespoons of salt mixture.Spread remaining salt mixture evenly under skin. Carefully replace skin.
  5. Drizzle skin with 2 tablespoons of the oil, and rub with reserved 2 tablespoons salt mixture.
  6. Tie ends of legs together with kitchen twine; tuck wingtips under. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before cooking. 
  8. In a separate bowl, stir together honey, hot red pepper sauce and remaining 1 tablespoon oil until well blended. 
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place rack in a roasting pan; coat rack with cooking spray.
  10. Place turkey on rack and transfer to oven. Add broth to pan.
  11. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. Rotate pan halfway (on same rack), brush with half of honey mixture. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  12. Continue baking until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165 degrees, about 1-1/2 hours more. 
  13. Remove turkey from oven, and brush with remaining honey mixture.
  14. Let stand at least 40 minutes before carving.


Cooking tip: You may skip brushing the turkey with honey mixture when you rotate it if the turkey is already dark. Just brush the mixture on at the end.

Adapted from Southern Living magazine, November 2016 issue. Tested by Susan Selasky for the Detroit Free Press Test Kitchen. Nutrition information not available.

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