Roast Turkey with Spicy Rub

Prep time 15 minutes       Cook time 3 hours       Serves 12 persons


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1 (12 to 14 lb.) Butterball Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen3 Tbsp. firmly packed light brown sugar3 Tbsp. kosher or sea salt3 Tbsp. chili powder2 tsp. black pepper2 tsp. roasted cumin2 tsp. garlic powder2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes1 tsp. ground coriander6 Tbsp. canola oil

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 °F.

  2. Combine all ingredients except turkey and oil. Blend well (may be prepared 2 to 3 days in advance. Store mixture in an airtight container at room temperature).
  3. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey; refrigerate for another use or discard. Turn wings back to hold neck skin in place. Return legs to the tucked position, if untucked. Place turkey, breast side up, on flat rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  4. Brush outside of the turkey with half of the oil; rub outside and inside cavity with spice mixture. Cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.
  5. Brush spiced turkey with remaining 3 tbsp. of oil. Bake approximately 3 hours*, or until meat thermometer reaches 180 °F when inserted in the thickest part of the thigh. Remove turkey from oven.
  6. Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.

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