Bourbon Honey Glazed Turkey

Bourbon Honey Glazed Turkey

  • 1 turkey
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 3 apples
  • 3 carrots
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 10 thyme sprigs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • bourbon glaze (recipe below)

Dry brine turkey with coarse salt (1 teaspoon per pound). Set overnight in fridge.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Slice apples, celery, and carrots.

Place 3/4 of them along with 3/4 of the garlic cloves in the bottom of the roasting pan. Place turkey in roasting pan breast side up. Add remaining vegetables and fruit to the turkey cavity. Sprinkle thyme sprigs in the bottom of the roasting pan and in the cavity. Pepper the turkey well. Tuck wing tips underneath body of turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Pour the honey bourbon glaze over the turkey.

Place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes at 425. Then turn oven to 350 degrees. Baste turkey every 20 minutes. Once turkey has reached perfect browning levels, tent with foil, being careful to avoid the skin. The turkey is finished when the internal temperatures from a thick piece reaches 165 (15-20 minutes per pound). Remove foil and rest for 30 minutes before carving. Serve bourbon and butter smothered apples and veggies as a side.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup bourbon

Melt butter in saucepan. Whisk bourbon, honey, and brown sugar until combined. Keep warm to glaze the turkey.

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