Bourbon and Cola Marinade ~Choosing the right marinade for your turkey is a key to the one of the flavors you add to your meal. Brining and marinating is not a requirement to cooking the best bird, but if you don’t mind the extra steps than this is a good marinade to try. Be sure it will compliment the stuffing you choose and your meal will become a real culinary delight! This turkey goes well with my Sausage Stuffing. For other tips on insuring the best Turkey feast see my article on Turkey Guide 101.
Bourbon and Cola Marinade
- ¾ cup Coca Cola
- ½ cup bourbon
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 12 to 14 pound Butterball® Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen
- Combine all ingredients except turkey in non-reactive container large enough to hold turkey. Remove turkey from packaging; drain. Remove neck and giblets; refrigerate for another use or discard. Place turkey in marinade. Cover container. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours, turning turkey over occasionally.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove turkey from marinade; drain; pat dry. Discard marinade. Place turkey on a flat rack in a shallow roasting pan, 2 to 2-1/2-inches deep. Tuck wings back to hold neck skin in place and stabilize the turkey in the pan and when carving. Brush lightly with vegetable oil or spray with cooking spray to prevent skin from drying. Insert oven-safe thermometer deep into the lower thigh muscle but not touching the bone.
- Bake 3 to 3-1/2 hours. When the turkey is about 2/3 done, cover the breast and top of thighs lightly with aluminum foil to prevent overcooking. Check for doneness about 30 minutes before end of recommended cooking time. Turkey is done when thigh reaches 180°F and juices run clear.
- Remove the turkey from the roasting pan. Let rest 15 minutes to allow juices to set before carving.