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
- 3⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup chopped scallions
- 1⁄4 cup freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 2 1⁄2 tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 1⁄2 tbsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, plus wedges for serving
- 1 1⁄2 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
- 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.
- 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.