How to Cook Turkey With Sprite

As a lean meat, turkey often suffers from dryness. Several methods to remedy this after cooking only mask the flavor. No matter how much gravy you pour over a dry turkey, it will still taste like dry meat. Give your next baked turkey a boost of flavor, moistness, and a healthy, golden glow. The secret? Cook your turkey with Sprite or any lemon lime soda. The sugar, acid, and carbonation combine to create a perfect poultry marinade. Using the cooking bag for this lemon lime soda turkey saves you from having to constantly baste the bird during cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 10 to 12 lb. turkey, thawed
  • Roasting pan
  • Melted butter (optional)
  • Basting brush
  • 1 12 oz can of lemon lime soda (Sprite, 7-up, etc)
  • Cooking bag
  • Meat thermometer

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Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set the turkey into the cooking bag set the bag and bird in the roasting pan.

Brush melted butter over the entire surface of the turkey.

Pour the entire can of Sprite over the turkey and close the cooking bag.

Bake the turkey in the preheated oven for 3 to 3 ¾ hours for an unstuffed 10- to 12-lb turkey or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165 F. (see reference 2)

Tips & Warnings

  • Prepare stuffing in a separate dish from the turkey to ensure both the turkey and stuffing reach 165 F to prevent food poisoning and to decrease the cooking time for the turkey. (see reference 2)


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