Rum Glazed Turkey

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Oh my god Thanksgiving is 2 days away. The funny thing about this is I’ve already tackled 2 (12 pound) birds this month. Which means I’m about up to my eyeballs in turkey. That doesn’t mean I won’t entertain the idea of enjoying some more turkey come Thursday, but it’s not on my craving list.

Rum glazed turkey

However, I’ll be honest, if I wasn’t a food writer or a blogger, I’d be sweating bullets with excitement over eating turkey. And if I was to host my own dinner, you better believe I’d be googling recipes up until 3am on Thursday trying to find the best one. Which, I’m sure, is what many of you guys are doing right now! Which is why I’m thrilled to share one of my favorite big-bird recipes, one glazed in a sweet and savory rum sauce!

rum turkey

Now, I’d add rum to just about anything if I could, but the reason behind this is simple. I’m working with Captain Morgan (like I did last year) on a little recipe contest! I was drawn to this challenge for a few reasons. One, Hugh Acheson is judging and OMG I freakin’ love him. And two is that¬†Captain Morgan will donate $1 to WhyHunger every time the hashtag #CaptainsTable is used across social media properties this holiday season. I love having the chance to be apart of such an incredible campaign.


Now, our actual challenge is to create a recipe and a cocktail with Captain Morgan rum for the major holidays and events this season! I decided to go all in this challenge and make a turkey. Go big or go home, right?

I was a little worried with how this was going to turn out. I made a bourbon turkey last year and the skin never really browned because of the liquor. It had more burnt splotches and no golden color you crave in a turkey. To avoid that, I saved the rum glaze for after it was done and BOY was that smart. Not only did the bird have a beautiful golden brown color when it was done baking, but the glaze added just the right amount of sweet and spiciness.

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And don’t just take my word for it. Ask my friends who came over on Sunday and helped devour it! I love my job for many reasons, but the best part is getting to share the things I make with the people I love. Is there anything better than that?

Rum Glazed Turkey

rum turkey breast

Serves about 6 -8. Inspired by Food Network.
Prep time: About 15 – 20 minutes
Cook time: About 3 1/2 hours


  • 1 (10) pound turkey
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons – 1/4 cup Captain Morgan rum
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper
  • About 4 – 6 cups your favorite stuffing (I used this herb-spiced one)
  • 1 lemon, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set your oven rack to the third notch. Lightly grease a large roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the turkey, remove the giblets and neck and save for later use (or toss). Carefully, using your fingers, separate the skin of the bird from the breast. Do this carefully so you don’t puncture the skin or create any holes.
  3. Mix 4 tablespoons of butter with 1/2 cup of sugar.
  4. Using your hands, spread 4 tablespoons of butter/brown sugar mixture underneath the skin all over the turkey. (This will ensure the bird is juicy and moist). Rub the rest of the turkey with 2 more tablespoons butter and brown sugar. Liberally coat with salt and pepper.
  5. Stick 1/2 of the lemon into the cavity of the turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add stuffing until completely stuffed.
  6. Roast the turkey for about 3 1/2 hours, basting every 30 minutes or so with the juices excreted by the turkey. Once turkey reaches 155 degrees, remove from oven and let rest for at least 20 – 30 minutes.
  7. While turkey roasts, prepare glaze by melting the remaining butter (3 tablespoons), sugar (about 1/3 cup), cinnamon and Captain Morgan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to low. Let simmer until mixture is thick, almost like a syrup.
  8. Before you carve, drizzle the rum glaze over the turkey.

Nutritional information per serving (about 4 ounces with 1/4 cup stuffing):

Calories: 400
Fat: 14 grams
Carbohydrates: 32 grams
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 33 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 10

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  1. Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
    This sounds amazing. The rum glaze puts this bird over the top. Yum!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
      Thank you Jennie!
  2. Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
    oh the glaze sounds heavenly.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
      It's incredible!
  3. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    Go big or go home LOL!!! Love it, a drunken turkey!
  4. Monday, November 17th, 2014
    Glazing a turkey with rum! Who knew? Great color on that bird.
  5. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    Now you're talking! That's my kinda turkey.
  6. Posted by Heather / girlichef on
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    Oh my goodness, this sounds fantastic - how did I miss this during the Captain's Table challenge last year!? I want to make it!
  7. Posted by Ginny McMeans on
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    What a fun challenge! I bet that glaze is perfect.
  8. Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    Haha. I wonder how many people you freaked out with that first sentence. That half a second before I realized it was from 2013 was scary! And awesome looking turkey.
  9. Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    What a fun turkey idea! I hadn't thought of rum-glazing it. YUM!
  10. Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    We make a different turkey every year and this year, I'm stumped. I thought about a cranberry one but I am loving this!
  11. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    This sounds wonderful.
  12. Posted by Cookin Canuck on
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    I have never tried a turkey glazed with rum, but am thinking that it's a brilliant idea! This needs to be tried.
  13. Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    Turkey is my favorite meat :) and I don't have it nearly enough. Great recipe!
  14. Posted by Melanie on
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    That sounds like a wonderful glaze. I would've never thought of it myself. Brilliant!
  15. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
    Rum and turkey? YES!!!
  16. Posted by Nikki @ NikSnacks on
    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
    Good luck in the contest! And I love Hugh Acheson too. I met him last year and he was very funny, gracious and is such a family guy.