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Roast Turkey with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze


A practically instant sweet-and-spicy mixture of mustard and brown sugar flavors the bird and gives the skin an impressive golden-brown color.

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  • Servings: 10

Source: Everyday Food, November 2008


  • 1 whole turkey (about 12 pounds), thawed if frozen, rinsed and patted dry (neck and giblets reserved, liver discarded)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 cups Pecan Cornbread Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in lowest position. Place turkey on roasting rack set in a large roasting pan. Season inside of turkey with salt and pepper. Loosely fill neck and large cavity with dressing; fold skin over, and secure with skewers or trussing needles, if necessary. Bend wing tips forward, and tuck under neck cavity. Using kitchen twine, tie legs together securely. Rub turkey all over with butter; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Add neck, giblets, and 3 cups water to roasting pan. Cover turkey loosely with aluminum foil. Roast 1 hour, and then baste with pan juices every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh (avoiding bone) registers 125 degrees, 1 to 2 hours more.

  3. Remove foil; increase heat to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together sugar and mustard; brush turkey with glaze. Rotate pan, and continue to roast turkey, brushing with glaze 2 to 3 more times, until thermometer registers 165 degrees, 45 minutes to 1 hour more (tent with buttered foil if browning too quickly; add more water if pan becomes dry).

  4. Transfer turkey to a platter; reserve pan with drippings for gravy (opposite). Cover turkey loosely with foil, and let rest at least 30 minutes (or up to 1 hour). Before serving, remove dressing, and carve.

Cook's Notes

To ensure a juicy Thanksgiving turkey, buy an inexpensive instant-read thermometer, and roast the bird to the temperature specified in the recipe.

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  • juliafizz
    19 NOV, 2013
    When I orgianally made this from the Nov 2008 edition, there was a gravy that went with this recipe. It was great. I can't find it. Is it posted anywhere? I remember it having bourbon in the gravy. People were putting it on everything but the pumpkin pie.
  • SassmasterBaker
    22 NOV, 2012
    I made this amazing turkey last thanksgiving along with a gluten free cornbread stuffing and it was the best turkey I had ever made and eaten! So simple and my guests just loved the hint of spicy sweet. What an awesome find! Thanks Martha!
  • mphddkj
    15 NOV, 2011
    great thanks
  • yuan11ggyahoo
    21 APR, 2009
    It is so easy to make.