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Cola Roast Turkey Recipe
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Cola Roast Turkey

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"Want a delicious, tender, juicy and BEAUTIFUL turkey? Try what my Grandpa taught me when I was just a little girl. I've ALWAYS made my turkey this way and it always turns out great. And besides, you get LOTS of wide eyed looks! The idea behind the cola is that the acid in the soda helps to tenderize the bird, the sugar and caramel gives it just a hint of sweetness, and the coloring helps to give the bird a beautiful roasted color. Enjoy!! "

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Original recipe makes 1 whole turkey Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 25 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Wash the turkey well, and pat dry with paper towels. Use your hands to slather the whole turkey, front and back, with butter. Make sure to butter the wing tips and leg ends. Place the turkey into a roasting pan, and pour the cola over the turkey. Sprinkle the whole turkey with salt and black pepper.
  3. Roast the turkey for 4 to 5 hours, checking for doneness after 4 hours. Baste the turkey every 30 minutes with the turkey drippings. If the breast skin browns too quickly, cover it with aluminum foil. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 24, 2010

Great recipe. In Louisiana ,down on the Bayou Teche we did this a lot, sometimes with Cola, then with 1/2 Cola and 1/2 Apple cider or even sometimes with Root beer. Try using a reduction to about 1/2 the amount of Cola or other as a baste. Note: never use a DIET Cola or DIET root beer ! Fantastic on ham !

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 12, 2012

This did brown especially beautiful and tasted good, but I probably would not use this recipe again.


10 Ratings

Nov 23, 2010

Love it! I tried it out before turkey day just to make sure it was tasty on a smaller bird and it worked out great. Highly recommended!

Jan 11, 2011

I roasted a turkey using this recipe last night! My family & I were very happy with the results! This was probably one of the most tender & juicy turkeys we've ever had! In addition, the beautiful golden brown color made for a great presentation! I followed the recipe as written & wouldn't change a thing! Thanks for posting this recipe! It will be a "family tradition" from now on!

Nov 23, 2010

I used root beer instead of cola and it worked great! The turkey browned very nicely and was juicy and tender. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is that the gravy I made from the pan drippings was too sweet for me, but my husband liked it!

Nov 29, 2011

Wonderful! We made this with Root Beer and added Celery and Onions! Very easy and yummy!

Nov 24, 2011

We used this with a cooking bag and it turned out great. Very moist!

Mar 10, 2014

My husband wouldn't stay out of the pan!


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  • Calories
  • 993 kcal
  • 50%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.6 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 378 mg
  • 126%
  • Fat
  • 50.1 g
  • 77%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 122.6 g
  • 245%
  • Sodium
  • 385 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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