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Pavochón Puerto Rican Style Turkey Recipe (with Video)

Added sugar, Latin American, Poultry

Discover our Pavochón Puerto Rican Style Turkey Recipe, a International recipe perfect as a main course recipe. Download the Flavrs app for 1000+ free food videos and recipes!

Serving size

Prep 1h15min | Cook 3h30min


- 12 lb turkey
- 12 fl oz Coffee, Cooled
- 1 c White vinegar
- 0.5 c White wine
- 0.5 c apple juice
- 3 Apple, Diced
- 4 Carrots, Sliced
- 2 tsp adobo
- 0.5 c achiote oil
- 0.5 c White vinegar
- 0.333 c sofrito
- 16 cloves Fresh garlic, Crushed
- 1 tbsp chicken bouillon paste
- 2 tbsp adobo
- 2 tbsp sazon
- 2 tbsp Dried oregano
- 1 tbsp Onion powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black pepper
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Thaw the turkey
1. Place your frozen turkey in the refrigerator 4 days before cooking day.
2. Once the turkey has been in the refrigerator 24 hours, place the turkey in a large bowl filled with cold water. Allow turkey to thaw 1-2 hours in the cold water. Discard the water and place the turkey back in the refrigerator.
Clean the turkey
1. On the next day, remove the turkey from the wrapper. Rinse the turkey thoroughly with cold water, inside and out.
2. Remove the giblets and neck. You can save the neck for making broth or discard.
3. Wash the turkey with cooled coffee. This helps remove some of the gamey taste of the turkey.
4. Rinse the turkey with cold water and pour the vinegar or lemon juice all over. Allow the turkey to rest about 10 minutes before giving it a final rinse with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and set aside.
Season the turkey
1. Mash the garlic cloves in a pilón (mortar and pestle). Add the crushed garlic to a large bowl along with the rest of the ingredients for the marinade.
2. Pour this marinade all over the turkey and give it a good massage. Rub it on top, all over the wings and drumsticks and the inside. Flip it and repeat the process.
3. Flour an oven bag by adding one tablespoon of flour inside of the bag and shaking it up. This will prevent the skin from sticking and will also help brown the turkey.
4. Place the turkey in the bag and pour the marinade over top. Add the white wine and apple juice to the bag as well.
5. Tie the bag with a zip tie and place the turkey in the refrigerator. Allow to marinate overnight or up to 2 days.
Roast the turkey
1. On cooking day, take the turkey out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for at least 1 hour.
2. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut up the apples and carrots and set aside.
3. Stuff the turkey with the apples and carrots. Sprinkle 2 tsp of adobo all over the outside of turkey.
4. Tie the oven bag with a zip tie and place the turkey in the oven, breast side down if you prefer moist breasts. If you prefer crispy skin on top, cook breast side up.
5. Cook the turkey according to its size. Rule of thumb: cook 15 minutes per pound, or until a meat thermometer reads 170F in the breast and 180F in the thigh.
6. About 30 minutes before the turkey is fully cooked, open the bag to allow the skin to brown and crisp. Continue cooking until perfectly golden brown.
7. Once the turkey is out of the oven, allow it to rest 30 minutes before cutting into it.
8. Remove the apples and carrots from the turkey's cavity. The carrots are edible, the apples are not.
9. Stuff the turkey with traditional stuffing, mofongo or your stuffing of choice. Serve and enjoy!

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