Grilled Molasses BBQ Turkey

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Grilled whole turkey served with a spicy molasses barbecue sauce seasoned with chile peppers.
Recipe courtesy of Butterball, LLC.
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Photograph by DAVID MALOSH

Ingredients

1 (12 - 14 lbs.) Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
2 tbsp. ancho chile powder
1 tsp. ground red pepper
1 can (29 oz.) tomato purée
½ cup water
¼ cup ketchup
3 tbsp. molasses
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. chipotle purée (a small can of chipotle in adobo, place it in an blender, purée)
¼ tsp. salt
Non-stick cooking spray

Directions

1
Cook and stir onion in oil in large saucepan on medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic and jalapeño pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
2
Add ancho chile powder and red pepper. Cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato purée, water, ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, honey, mustard, vinegar, chipotle purée and salt; mix well.
3
Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until sauce is reduced by half.
4
Cool sauce. Remove 1 cup for using to brush onto turkey as it cooks.
5
Cover and refrigerate remaining barbecue sauce to serve with the cooked turkey.
6
Spray cold grates of outdoor grill with cooking spray. Prepare grill for medium indirect heat.
7
Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey; discard or refrigerate for another use. Drain juices from turkey; pat turkey dry with paper towels.
8
Turn wings back to hold down neck skin.
9
Spray turkey with cooking spray.
10
Place turkey, breast side up, on grill grate over drip pan. Cover grill with lid.
11
Grill 2¼ to 2¾ hours, or until meat thermometer inserted deep in thigh reaches 180°F, brushing generously with the 1 cup barbecue sauce during the last 30 minutes of the grilling time.
12
Let turkey stand 15 minutes before carving.
13
Serve with the reserved barbecue sauce.