Jamaican Jerk Roast Turkey

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Full of fiery chiles and warm spices, the all-purpose seasoning for this dish can be used as a rub on pork, goat, fish, and vegetables, as well as chicken.Todd Coleman

A simple roast turkey is transformed into the thing of legend when slathered with a spicy, fragrant jerk sauce. Basting towards the end of roasting ensures a crisp, brown skin without over caramelizing the sugars.

Jamaican Jerk Roast Turkey
A simple roast turkey is transformed into the thing of legend when slathered with a spicy, fragrant jerk sauce. Basting towards the end of roasting ensures a crisp, brown skin without over caramelizing the sugars.
Yield: serves 10-12

Ingredients

  • 34 cup olive oil
  • 12 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 12 cup chopped scallions
  • 14 cup freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 12 tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 12 tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12 tsp. ground cloves
  • 14 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, plus wedges for serving
  • 1 12 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, stemmed and chopped
  • 2" pieces ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 (12) lb. turkey

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 500˚. Combine ¼ cup oil, sugar, scallions, ¼ cup pepper, 2½ tbsp. salt, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, juice, sauce, garlic, chiles, and ginger in the bowl of a food processor; puree until smooth and set aside. Melt butter and mix with remaining oil; set aside. Rinse turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Season turkey inside and out with salt and pepper and let come to room temperature.
  2. Transfer turkey to a rack set inside a roasting pan, tuck wings behind turkey and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Brush turkey all over with butter, reserving some for basting. Pour 2 cups water into roasting pan and roast turkey, brushing once with more of the butter, for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350˚ and continue roasting, brushing occasionally with butter, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into a thigh, without touching the bone, reads 150˚, about 2 hours. Remove turkey from oven and baste completely with reserved sauce. Place back in oven and continue to cook until internal temperature reaches 165°, about 20 to 25 minutes more. Transfer turkey to a cutting board, and let sit for 30 minutes before carving; serve with lime wedges if you like.