Apple Cider Marinated Turkey

Apple Cider Marinated Turkey
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Prep Time

< 15 minutes


Total Time

3+ hours

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Per Serving



1 cup apple cider

cup apple jack brandy

¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon crushed black peppercorns

1 teaspoon dry mustard

3 bay leaves


1 (12- to 14-pound) BUTTERBALL® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen

Nonstick cooking spray


  • 1.
    Combine cider, brandy, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, sage, rosemary, peppercorns, mustard and bay leaves in large nonmetallic container; stir until brown sugar is dissolved.
  • 2.
    Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey. Refrigerate for another use or discard. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Place turkey, breast side down, in marinade. Cover; refrigerate 6 to 8 hours, turning turkey over occasionally.
  • 3.
    Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove turkey from marinade; pat dry with paper towels. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey. Return legs to the tucked position, if untucked. Place turkey, breast side up, on flat rack in shallow roasting pan; coat with cooking spray.
  • 4.
    Roast turkey 1½ hours. Then, cover breast and top of drumsticks loosely with foil to prevent overcooking.
  • 5.
    Continue roasting turkey 1½ to 2 hours* or until meat thermometer reaches 180(o)F when inserted into deepest part of thigh not touching bone.*Follow cooking times according to package directions; times vary with size of turkey.
  • 6.
    Transfer turkey to cutting board; loosely tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving

Total Fat10g
Trans Fat0g
Saturated Fat3g
Dietary Fiber0g