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Roast Turkey with Spicy Rub

Use this simple technique to spice up your Thanksgiving.

Servings Prep Time Total Time
12 15 minutes 3+ hours


  • 3 tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. kosher or sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. roasted cumin
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 (12 to 14 lb.) Butterball® Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen
  • 6 tbsp. canola oil


  1. Combine all ingredients except turkey and oil. Blend well. (May be prepared 2 to 3 days in advance. Store mixture in an airtight container at room temperature.)

  2. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey; refrigerate for another use or discard. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Return legs to the tucked position, if untucked. Place turkey, breast side up, on flat rack in shallow roasting pan.

  3. Brush outside of the turkey with half of the oil; rub outside and inside cavity with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 325°F.

  5. Brush spiced turkey with remaining 3 tbsp. of oil. Bake approximately 3 hours*, or until meat thermometer reaches 180°F when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from oven.

  6. Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 493 Fat 28g Cholesterol 203 Protein 59g
% Daily Value
Saturated Fat 7g 0%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 1887mg 0%
Carbohydrates 5g 0%
Sugar 3g 0%
Iron 0%
Fiber 0%
Calcium 0%
Per Serving