This Maple Bourbon Glaze for Turkey is so simple yet so beautiful! It’s perfect for all home chefs, from Thanksgiving novices to seasoned pros.

Large platter filled with a roasted turkey with maple bourbon glaze, cut up into pieces. Platter is garnished with fruits and herbs.

If you’re the cook for Thanksgiving dinner, what is your favorite part of the preparation – the turkey, or the sides?

It’s such a tough call for me. I love the sides because you can get really creative and have a lot of variety, but I really dig putting together a beautiful turkey platter.

That being said, I DON’T love just about anything else involved with getting the turkey to the table. The steps involved with thawing a frozen bird, cleaning it, rinsing it, brining or seasoning it?

Ugh. It all just annoys me, because all I want to do is pull a perfectly cooked turkey from the oven, let it rest a bit, and then cut it up and plate it with lots of pretty garnishes.

So how do I get from Point A to Point Z without all of the other turkey annoyances in the middle?

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How to get a Turkey with Bourbon Glaze on the table without a ton of fuss:

The answer here is as easy as making this Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey with a JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey. I have been using these for years, and they never fail to surprise me (in a good way) with how excellent they really are. The turkey comes preseasoned, in it’s own cooking bag.

You literally take it out of the freezer (no thawing!), remove the outer bag, cut a few slits in the cooking bag, place it in a roasting pan (if you don’t already own a roasting pan, invest in one, because it’s useful for root beer ribs, too!), and roast until your meat thermometer (or the included pop-up thermometer) tells you the turkey is done.

That’s seriously it! While these turkeys are perfect for nervous Thanksgiving novices, the great results make them a go-to for seasoned (pun intended) Thanksgiving pros, too.

Each OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey comes with a gravy packet (simply heat and serve), but I’m usually more of a glaze person when it comes to turkey. Actually, the answer is always both: glaze AND gravy.

Roasting pan with cooked turkey rests on table. Woman in apron is standing behind turkey, glazing it with a basting brush and small white pot of maple bourbon glaze..

Make your Maple Bourbon Glaze for Turkey while the bird cooks!

  • This Maple Bourbon Glaze couldn’t be easier: simply combine some butter, apple juice, bourbon, maple syrup and black pepper in a pot and cook it about a half hour until it reaches a glaze consistency.
  • You can make the glaze while your turkey is cooking! I like to brush the cooked turkey with glaze, then cut the turkey up and place the pieces on a platter, and then brush with more glaze. The glaze will prevent the sliced pieces of turkey from drying out as they sit on the table.

Tips to garnish your Bourbon Turkey serving platter like a pro:

  • My food stylist tendencies never let up, even on a holiday where I’m just hosting family. I love a beautiful turkey platter, but to be honest, I never have too detailed of a plan for it. When I’m at the store shopping for my Thanksgiving ingredients, I simply grab whatever looks prettiest.
  • When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with lots of fresh herbs and fruit (especially citrus). Grapes are great platter fillers, and watercress will give you a nice pop of green to go with all of that brown. You really can’t make a mistake here. Look around at the store, and whatever looks beautiful – take it home and use it to garnish your Maple Bourbon Glazed Turkey masterpiece!
Large slate blue ceramic platter filled with a cut up roasted turkey, garnished with grapes, orange slices and herbs.

Maple Bourbon Glaze for Turkey

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

This Maple Bourbon Glaze for Turkey is so simple yet so beautiful! It's perfect for all home chefs, from Thanksgiving novices to seasoned pros.


  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Meanwhile, add butter, juice, bourbon, maple syrup and pepper to medium saucepot. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Cook 24 to 28 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half, watching carefully to make sure mixture doesn’t boil over. Mixture should have a thin glaze consistency, and will continue to thicken as it cools. Remove from heat; set aside at room temperature.
  2. Use glaze to brush over prepared roasted turkey.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 59Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g

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Recipes to use up any leftover turkey:

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