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Chocolate Turkey

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 3 to 3-1/2 hours
  • Servings: 10-16
  • Course: Main Dish

Chocolate lovers will drool over this chocolate-based BBQ glaze to give your turkey a sweet and savory kick.

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Wrap Tip

Line your roasting pan with Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Aluminum Foil for tender, moist turkey that doesn't stick! 


For Turkey

  • 1, 10 to 16-pound turkey
  • Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Aluminum Foil

For Chocolate BBQ Sauce

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa power
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (broken into small pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

For Dressing

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Assortment of fresh fruit
  • Chocolate shavings


Step 1

Combine all ingredients for chocolate BBQ sauce in a large saucepan. Heat, stirring often until combined and smooth. Reserve 1 ½ cups for cooked turkey.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse, and pat dry.

Step 3

Tear off a sheet of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil 2 1/2 times longer than turkey. Place turkey lengthwise in center of aluminum foil sheet to cook.

Step 4

Brush with chocolate BBQ sauce.

Step 5

Close foil loosely by overlapping the ends. Turn up short sides of the foil to hold in juices. Do not seal airtight. Place foil-wrapped turkey in roasting pan at least 2 inches deep. Insert meat thermometer through foil into thickest part of inner thigh, not touching bone.

Step 6

Roast turkey until meat thermometer reads at least 165°F in the breast and thickest part of the thigh not touching the bone, about 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes for a 14 lb unstuffed turkey.

Step 7

Baste with chocolate BBQ sauce 2-3 times during cooking. To baste, carefully pull back foil to expose turkey skin. Baste with sauce then return foil and continue cooking. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Remove and discard foil.

Step 8

Transfer to a serving dish and baste with reserved BBQ sauce. Place chocolate chips on top. Dress the dish with fruit and chocolate shavings just before serving.

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