Take basting to another level with three glazes to add to your Thanksgiving arsenal. They’re all so tasty, how will you choose? Pick one or two for this year, and back-pocket the rest. We also recommend these basting ideas on a whole roasted chicken, too.

Are you wondering why you should baste? Basting produces an evenly browned skin. Not only will it taste amazing, but also look gorgeous on the table. Sure, go with just butter, but why not take it up a notch? These three glazes for basting are too good not to try.

It’s basically two steps to each glaze.

  1. Choose between a spicy, savory, or sweet glaze.
  2. Mix the three ingredients together


  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger


  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

While the turkey is roasting in the oven and the skin is golden brown and beginning to crisp, reduce the oven temperature to 325°F. At this point, as the turkey continues to roast, begin to baste every 30 minutes until you stick an instant-read thermometer in the thickest past of a thigh and it registers 165°F. It’s much easier to base with a turkey baster, but if you forgot to get one, just carefully spoon the glaze over the turkey with a large serving spoon. It’s turkey time!

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