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Roasted Turkey with Bourbon-Butter Glaze

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Course: Main Dish

Spread some of the brown sugar glaze beneath the turkey’s skin to infuse the meat with mellow flavor. Add bourbon to the remaining glaze and brush it over the turkey.

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Kitchens Tip

Lock in flavor and keep your turkey deliciously tender with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil.


  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh marjoram or 2 teaspoons dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon zest
  • 1 14- to 16-pound Turkey
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Fresh herbs (optional)
  • Kumquats (optional)
  • Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil


Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°F. For glaze, combine butter, brown sugar, marjoram and lemon zest in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

Step 2

Place turkey, breast-side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan lined with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil. 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.

Step 3

Melt remaining glaze; cool slightly. Stir in bourbon. Brush mixture over the outside of the turkey. Season 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.

Step 4

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 for 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours or until thermometer registers 180°F. After 3 hours, cut the skin or string between drumsticks. Remove foil for the last 30 minutes of roasting to let bird brown. The 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. If desired, garnish platter with fresh herbs and kumquats.

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