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Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Marinated Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

My family enjoys this turkey because it cooks up tender, tasty and golden brown. Build up flavor by marinating the meat, then grill it to add a tempting barbecued flavor. &mdashKen Churches, Kailua-Kona, HI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 2-1/2 hours + standing YIELD:12 servings


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


  • 1. Combine the first seven ingredients; set aside and refrigerate 1 cup for basting. Place one oven roasting bag inside the other. Place turkey inside both bags; pour in remaining marinade. Seal bags, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat turkey. Place in a shallow roasting pan. Refrigerate overnight, turning several times.
  • 2. Remove turkey; drain and discard marinade.
  • 3. 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 a thermometer inserted in a thigh reads 170°. 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.
  • 4. Grill method: Prepare grill for indirect medium heat. Tuck wings under turkey and arrange breast side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, for 1 hour.
  • 5. If using a charcoal grill, add 10 briquettes to coals; turn the turkey. Baste with reserved marinade. Cook, covered, 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 170°. Remove turkey from grill; tent with foil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

9 ounces cooked turkey (calculated without gravy): 407 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 171mg cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 67g protein.

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Carlos User ID: 8973718 257147
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2016

"I used this marinade last yr and it was a hit. There was no turkey left. So I'm using the same marinade this yr. The turkey is so juicy and has a different taste but very delicious..The one thing I'm going to do differently is , I'm going to inject the marinade right into the turkey.. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!"

boxer-lover User ID: 6368952 16290
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"I let out the ginger and lemon juice"

cynmap User ID: 7510061 16170
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

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

minauctions User ID: 6915322 9306
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"I have been making this brine for over 10's the best!"

mrsb1218 User ID: 4192408 9305
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!"

rae2010 User ID: 5724553 11114
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"This was absolutely fantastic. I made a few tweeks to suit our taste - I did not add lemon juice or the ground ginger but otherwise followed the recipe to a "T." I did use the convetional roasting method and wrapped the turkey in tin foil to help the turkey stay moist. The drippings made an excellent gravy as well. Yummy!!!"

KarenMK User ID: 2025090 9083
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010 Edited Feb. 23, 2017

"This recipe is wonderful. We have been making it for years. I also passed it on to my sisters and now they have made it their tradition. The turkey comes out with a great flavor on the grill or in the oven."

graywulf User ID: 5438629 16020
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010 Edited Feb. 23, 2017

"yea, I'm going to try this year. Thankyou"

barbkeefer User ID: 2170561 6914
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"I have made this recipe for the last 9 years and everyone loves it. The turkey is so moist. I cook mine in my convection oven."

mmckinney User ID: 1384578 8445
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009 Edited Feb. 23, 2017

"I have made this turkey every Thanksgiving for the last 3 yrs and it is always so tasty and moist, everyone loves it!! Also very easy to make!"

myboysx20701 User ID: 886259 8729
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2008 Edited Feb. 23, 2017

"I use this recipe for my Christmas turkey every year. It is so tasty and tender. Even my turkey-hating brother-in-law looks forward to my Christmas turkey!"

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