Maple Apple Cider & Rosemary Butter Turkey

Maple Apple Cider & Rosemary Butter Turkey


This Maple Apple Cider & Rosemary Butter Turkey is brined in chicken stock and treated with a glaze of maple and cider. Fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary and garlic accentuate the smoky flavor of maple, elevating this holiday favorite to new heights.

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Serves 10-12
For the Turkey
(13-pound) fresh turkey
tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt, to taste
fresh ground peppercorn, to taste
Seasonal Turkey Brine
gallons water
gallon chicken stock, low or no sodium
cup salt
cup sugar
bay leaves
handful of rosemary, sage and thyme sprigs
handful of peppercorns
head of garlic cloves, smashed
Spiced Maple-Apple Cider Glaze
cups apple cider
cup apple jelly
cup maple syrup
tablespoons bourbon
tablespoons Dijon mustard
pinches garlic powder
kosher salt, to taste

Ingredient Tips

The turkey must be completely thawed with neck and giblets removed before cooking.
NO Stuffing
We don’t recommend stuffing the turkey because stuffing blocks airflow inside the bird’s cavity and prevents it from cooking evenly.
NO Sugar
Your rub and/or marinade should contain NO sugar. Sugar will cause your food to burn.


Prep: 15 Minutes, Cook: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

In a large stock pot, combine water, chicken stock, salt, sugar, bay leaves, rosemary, sage, thyme and peppercorns. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir intermittently until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Submerge turkey in the brine. Cover pot and place in refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours.


Remove the bird from its brine and discard the brine. Thoroughly rinse the turkey inside and out with water and pat dry with paper towels. Season the outside of the turkey with olive oil, salt and peppercorn. Then wrap tightly in plastic and rest at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.


Meanwhile, combine apple cider, apple jelly, maple syrup, bourbon, Dijon mustard, garlic powder and salt in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stirring intermittently, reduce the concoction by 1/3. Set aside to cool. Pour reduced liquid into a spray bottle.


Power up The Big Easy Oil-less Turkey Fryer.

Hot Tip: The Big Easy was designed to be powered ON (all the way to the left) and OFF (all the way to the right). All recipes for The Big Easy are based on operating the fryer at full power.

Remove turkey from its plastic wrapping and set it in the roaster basket in an upright position with legs down. Lower the basket into the cooking chamber. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast so that the tip does not touch bone and the dial is easy to read when the basket is in the cooker.

Hot Tip: To minimize sticking, coat the wire frame of the cooking basket with oil before inserting turkey.

Cook the bird until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 2 ½ hours.

Hot Tip: Cover the fryer with the wire mesh lid during the last 15 minutes of the cook for crispy skin, using infrared heat reflected back into cooking chamber. If used throughout cook, this heat can burn food before it is fully cooked.

Throughout the cook, spray the turkey intermittently with the Spiced Maple-Apple Cider Glaze, caramelizing one layer of the glaze upon another.


Lift the roaster basket out of the chamber and set it on a shallow sheet pan. Spray one final time with the glaze and loosely tent with tin foil. Allow the turkey to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, remove the turkey from the basket.


Slice and serve.

Hot Tip: Call our Turkey Hotline at 1-800-526-1065 with any questions you may have about cooking with The Big Easy. It’s available year-round, including Thanksgiving Day (8 am-4 pm EST).
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