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Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey

 Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey
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
12 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 2-1/2 hours + standing


  • 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)


  • 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
  • Drain and discard marinade.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conventional Roasting Method: Preheat oven to 325°. Place turkey

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Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
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.
Wine: Medium-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer