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Easy Juicy whole roasted turkey recipe
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4.56 from 70 votes

Easy & Juicy Whole Turkey Recipe

Course whole turkey
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 16
Author divas can cook

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
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  • Combine the brine ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Line a large bowl, pot or bucket with an oven roasting bag.
  • Place the turkey into the bag and pour in the brine.
  • Tie the bag, making sure all the air is out and the buttermilk brine is completely surrounding the turkey.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Rinse the brine off completely.
  • Dry the turkey with paper towels until completely dry.
  • Combine the salt and pepper and rub inside of the turkey cavity.
  • Stuff the cavity with an apple and orange.
  • Combine all of the seasoned butter ingredients.
  • Brush this butter mixture generously onto the turkey, until covered with butter. Reserve some of the butter if desired.
  • Place turkey in a roasting pan, breast side up.
  • Place on the lower rack in the oven and bake uncovered for 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours.
  • 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.
  • Remove from oven when done.
  • Let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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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)