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Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
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Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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My family enjoys this turkey because it cooks up tender, tasty and golden-brown. The marinade flavors the meat very well. I like grilling it since it adds that tempting barbecued flavor. -Ken Churches, Kailua-Kona, HI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 2-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 2-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)

Nutritional Facts

9 ounces cooked turkey (calculated without gravy) equals 407 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 171 mg cholesterol, 383 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 67 g protein.

Directions

  1. Combine the first seven ingredients; set aside 1 cup for basting. Pour remaining marinade into a 2-gal. resealable plastic bag. Add the turkey and seal bag; turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight, turning several times. Cover and refrigerated reserved marinade
  2. Drain and discard marinade.
  3. Grill Method: Prepare grill for indirect medium heat. Tuck wings under turkey and place with breast side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, for 1 hour.
  4. If using a charcoal grill, add 10 briquettes to coals; turn the turkey. Baste with reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, adding 10 briquettes to maintain heat and brushing with marinade every 30 minutes until thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°. Remove turkey from grill; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.
  5. Conventional Roasting Method: Preheat oven to 325°. Place turkey on a rack in a large roaster. Bake, uncovered, 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until thermometer inserted in thigh reads 180°. Baste frequently with reserved marinade. When turkey begins to brown, cover lightly with a tent of aluminum foil. Remove turkey from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. If desired, skim fat and thicken pan drippings for gravy. Serve with turkey. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p31

Nutritional Facts

9 ounces cooked turkey (calculated without gravy) equals 407 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 171 mg cholesterol, 383 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 67 g protein.

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

I let out the ginger and lemon juice

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Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

makes a tasty lovely turkey. good grilled and in conventional oven

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

I have been making this brine for over 10 years...it's the best!

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2011

I made this recipe for our first Thanksgiving at home. Wow. My husband couldn't stop stuffing his face - and he doesn't generally like turkey!

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