Pumpkin Spice Turkey is a Real Thing

Just when you thought the pumpkin spice craze was settling down

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.