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Cranberry BBQ Turkey(Or Chicken)

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“This looked so good I must share! It could be used for chicken also with equally good results! You could use 2 chickens or half the recipe if using one. From Better Homes & Gardens magazine, November 2013.”
3hrs 40mins
1 turkey(or 2 chickens)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325*F.
  2. In a small bowl stir together all ingredients except turkey and sauce. Set spice mixture aside.
  3. Remove neck and giblets from turkey(or chicken); discard. Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Starting at neck end, loosen skin by sliding your fingers underneath, separating skin from mneat. Rub spice mixture under skin, over breast, and toward thighs.
  4. Rub 2 tbls. of olive oil over turkey. Pull neck skin to back; fasten with a small skewer. Tuck wings under breast. Loop kitchen string around drumsticks; tie securely to tail. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Insert an oven going meat thermometer into center of an inside thigh muscle, avoiding bone. Cover loosely with foil.
  5. Roast 2 3/4 hours. Remove foil. Roast 15-45 minutes more, or until thermometer reaches 175*F. Generously brush turkey with 1/2 cup cranberry BBQ sauce the last 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. Cover turkey with foil. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove foil. Sprinkle with fresh oregano. Serve with remaining cranberry BBQ sauce and kumquats(or other fruit of choice).
  7. Cranberry BBQ Sauce:
  8. In a medium saucepan cook finely chopped onion in olive oil over medium heat, about 6 minutes. Add 1 can whole cranberry sauce, cranberry pomegranate juice, chili sauce, balsamic vinegar, and dry mustard.
  9. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes or until thickened.
  10. Stir in snipped oregano; cook 1 minute more.
  11. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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