Turkey Baste

Turkey basting recipe
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup (1 serving)
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Whether you are grilling or smoking a turkey, this baste keeps the meat moist, adds a delicious flavor, and helps to brown the skin. Remember to begin basting about an hour after you start cooking and to apply the baste in thin layers.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage

How to Make It

  1. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Pour in lemon juice and add poultry seasoning and other ingredients. Let mixture simmer on low for about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before using.
  2. Lightly baste on turkey every 30 minutes after the first hour of cooking. Apply the baste warm to the turkey. Stop basting during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  3. If making baste ahead of time, follow instructions for preparation and store in an air tight container for up to 7 days in refrigerator.  Warm on the stove top or microwave before using. 
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 832
    Total Fat 92 g
    Saturated Fat 57 g
    Unsaturated Fat 27 g
    Cholesterol 244 mg
    Sodium 15 mg
    Carbohydrates 4 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 2 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)