Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce


For a more crusty, blackened-spice look, rub the spice mixture on the outside of the turkey breast.

Spice-Rubbed Turkey with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Roast Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 3-3.5 pound bone-in turkey breast portions with bone

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 16 ounce can whole cranberry sauce

  • cup bottled chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large shallow roasting pan and roasting rack with cooking spray. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, cumin, chili powder, and 3/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Place turkey, bone side down, on rack in prepared pan. Set aside.

  2. Starting at the breast bone of turkey portions, use your fingers to loosen the skin from the meat; leave skin attached at the top. Spread spice mixture evenly under skin over the breast meat. Insert a meat thermometer into thickest part of the breast. (The thermometer should not touch bone.)

  3. Roast turkey, uncovered, on the lower rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F; roast for 60 to 90 minutes longer or until juices run clear and turkey is no longer pink (170 degrees F), occasionally spooning pan juices over turkey. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Let stand, covered with foil, for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

  4. Meanwhile, for barbecue sauce, in a medium saucepan cook onion in hot oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender. Add cranberry sauce, chili sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve with the turkey. Makes 10 servings.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

413 Calories
7g Fat
26g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 413
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 573mg 12%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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