Orange-Bourbon Turkey

Total Time:
27 hr 30 min
Prep:
24 hr
Cook:
3 hr 30 min

Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen whole turkey, thawed
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice (about 6 oranges)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup bourbon, divided
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 oranges, peeled
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Orange slices (optional)
  • Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)
Directions
  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey; discard. Rinse turkey thoroughly with cold water; pat dry. Combine orange juice, water, 1/2 cup bourbon, and molasses in a 2-gallon heavy-duty ziptop plastic bag; add turkey. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 4 to 24 hours turning bag occasionally. Remove turkey from bag, reserving marinade.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Tie ends of legs with cord. Lift wing tip up and over back and tuck under bird. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt into body cavity. Stuff cavity with oranges. Place turkey on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray or on a rack set in a shallow pan. Insert meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Bake at 350 degrees for 3 hours or until thermometer registers 180 degrees. (Cover loosely with foil if it gets too brown.) Remove turkey from oven. Cover loosely with foil; let stand at least 10 minutes before carving. Discard oranges.

  • Pour reserved marinade into saucepan; bring to a boil. Skim foam from mixture with a slotted spoon; discard. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced to 3 1/2 cups (about 15 minutes). Combine 1/4 cup bourbon and flour in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add to reduced marinade; bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve sauce with turkey. Garnish with orange slices and parsley sprigs if desired.


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