Pumpkin Spice Turkey is a Real Thing

Just when you thought the pumpkin spice craze was settling down

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How to incorporate your favorite fall beverage into your Thanksgiving meal. 

Pumpkin Spice Rub. Multiply your favorite pumpkin pie spice recipe (or use a store-bought blend) to make enough rub for a large turkey (all recipes for pumpkin spice will include cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and some optional additions are cardamom and allspice). You should have about ¼ cup worth of spice. Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 tablespoons salt, and 2 teaspoons ground black pepper to the blend. This combo will flavor your turkey with all of the seasonal flavors you love and the brown sugar will caramelize nicely.

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Dry Rub the Turkey. Brush a thawed turkey with come canola oil and then rub all over with the magnificent spice blend you just created.
Dry Rub
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Let the Spices Do Their Thing. Cover the turkey and place in the fridge overnight for the flavors to really get going.
Cooked Turkey
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Cook That Bird. Brush the turkey with a bit more oil and cook as you normally would, and then you’ll have created a turkey version of your favorite beverage.
Smoked Turkey
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Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal and has consumed only one Pumpkin Spice Latte this season. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.