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Spice-Rubbed Turkey

Prep Time

3+ hours

Total Time

3+ hours





Per Serving


2 tablespoons firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon peel

1 tablespoon dried thyme

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

teaspoons garlic powder

teaspoons dried sage

1 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (14- to 16-pound) BUTTERBALL® Fresh or thawed Frozen Whole Turkey

Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs, apple, Lacinato kale and Redbor kale


  • 1.
    Place flat wire rack in large roasting pan.
  • 2.
    Combine brown sugar, lemon peel, dried thyme, salt, paprika, garlic powder, sage and red pepper in small bowl.
  • 3.
    Remove neck and giblets from turkey cavities; discard or refrigerate for other use. Drain juices from turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey. Return legs to tucked position, if untucked. Place turkey, breast up, on rack in prepared pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.
  • 4.
    Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • 5.
    Roast 3 to 3½ hours or until meat thermometer reaches 180°F when inserted into deepest part of thigh not touching bone. Cover breast and top of drumsticks with foil after 1½ hours to prevent overbrowning, if needed. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, apple and kale.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving

Total Fat10g
Trans Fat0g
Saturated Fat3g
Dietary Fiber0g