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Easy & Juicy Whole Roasted Turkey
Juicy and tender!!

Easy & Juicy Whole Roasted Turkey

Ok ok I heard you sheesh! Some of you RAVED about the herb roasted turkey recipe I put up a few years ago and some of you said “uhhh Monique I love you and everything but that turkey is just toooooo much work with all that flipping and basting!”  lol. So I thought it was time that I put up a super easy, moist, juicy, flavorful turkey for beginners or for those who just want something a bit more simple.

The meat on this turkey is so tender and the skin bakes up tight, flavorful, dry and crisp, just they way I like it! I can’t handle turkey with soggy, flabby, chewy skin. Ick!

Easy Juicy whole roasted turkey recipe

Juicy and tender!!

I adore this easy & juicy whole roasted turkey recipe for several reasons.

1.) The brine is super simple yet produces SUPERB results! Don’t you dare skip the brine!!  It’s gonna make that turkey stupid juicy and  it’s gonna allow you some wiggle room in case you accidentally overcook the turkey. Nobody likes a dry turkey!

2.) The seasonings are very simple yet gives it such a nice flavor that goes well with ALL those thanksgiving fixings and makes the best gravy ever!! Don’t you DARE skip the butter!! I know I’m being kinda bossy and I really don’t mean to be. It’s just that I want you too experience the juicy piece of turkey perfection that I just ate a few minutes ago.

3.) It’s so easy.  Brine. Season. Bake. No flipping. No basting. There, you have NO excuses to not make a turkey this Thanksgiving. None!

This recipe is for a 12-16 pound turkey. You’ll need to adjust the cooking time if you’re using a smaller or larger turkey. The rule of thumb is 15 minutes per pound of turkey (cooking on 325) or when a themometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (although some folks say 165 is safe).

Food Network has this cute little turkey calculator that does all the work for you if you just put in the the size of your turkey. It will even tell you when you need to put the turkey into the oven based on when you want to eat dinner and also how big of a turkey you’ll need to feed X amount of people. So handy. You can check it out right here.

I’ve made this turkey before and roasted it breast side down and BAAAAABY it was oozing juices when I cut into the breast! It’s still crazy juicy (and much prettier) when cooked breast side up though and so for this video I decided to do it breast side up for a prettier presentation.

Watch me make the easiest, juicy whole roasted turkey from start to finish!

4.9 from 9 reviews
Easy & Juicy Whole Turkey Recipe
 
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Recipe type: whole turkey
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 16 lb turkey, thawed, inside packets removed
  • BRINE
  • 1 gallon buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon poultry seasoning.
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • INSIDE CAVITY
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • SEASONED BUTTER
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon garlic flakes
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
Instructions
  1. Combine the brine ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Line a large bowl, pot or bucket with an oven roasting bag.
  3. Place the turkey into the bag and pour in the brine.
  4. Tie the bag, making sure all the air is out and the buttermilk brine is completely surrounding the turkey.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 325.
  7. Rinse the brine off completely.
  8. Dry the turkey with paper towels until completely dry.
  9. Combine the salt and pepper and rub inside of the turkey cavity.
  10. Stuff the cavity with an apple and orange.
  11. Combine all of the seasoned butter ingredients.
  12. Brush this butter mixture generously onto the turkey, until covered with butter. Reserve some of the butter if desired.
  13. Place turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up.
  14. Place on the lower rack in the oven and bake uncovered for 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours.
  15. Cover with foil for the last 45 minutes (if you are content with the browning) and also remove the apple and orange at this point.
  16. Remove from oven when done.
  17. Let rest for 20 minutes.
  18. Enjoy!
Notes
~TIPS~ Feel free to stuff the turkey with fresh herbs, onions, garlic, etc. Don't brine past 24 hours. Don't overcook!! Use that thermometer AND cooking guide! (oven tempts. can vary)
 

 

 

28 comments

  1. Martisha Calloway

    Hello! When you placed the turkey in the pan what was that at the bottom of the pan and why? (Something silver) btw I llloooovvveee your videos,! You give hope to young women like myself especially those with either a husband or children or both, thank you soo much!

  2. I made this for Thanksgiving and I am making it again for Christmas, it was that Good! I never knew of anyone who brine their turkey so this was a first for me. It was juicy from the dark meat to the white meat even my picky husband was amazed. One tip after you have brine your turkey and rinsed and dried it and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to dry some more, when you cook it the skin will be extra crispy. I did not use any butter on the skin. This Buttermilk Brine is the only way to roast turkey and no, your turkey will not taste like buttermilk it will be moist and flavorful. Thanks Diva for this recipe I wish I could give you more stars. Blessings

  3. I loveeeee this….But can i use this recipe with chicken instead of Turkey?

  4. Hello,
    Is it possible to use the BRINE on whole chickens or Cornish hens??

  5. The butter seasoning was the perfect touch for the turkey.

  6. This recipe made my turkey a hands down hit! It was so tender and juicy!!!!

  7. I only have one word for you….DIVA!!!

  8. I love your website and have liked your page on FB, I will be using your recipes to set my very first thanksgiving dinner off right!!!! I made your smoked cheddar mac n cheese recipe before and people loved it!!!!! So….I am trusting you with my Turkey Day! LOL I have a question and I know you are busy so I may just have to figure this out….may be a stupid question, but I am supposed to refrigerate the turkey once inside the buttermilk brine….right??? and would it hurt for me to use injectables for extra flavor??

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