This is my brother's way of making a turkey, and it turns out perfect every single time! Takes a whole day, but the rave reviews are worth it! This turkey recipe assumes you will be stuffing the turkey.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
1 whole turkey
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).

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  • Loosen skin over turkey breast and thighs with your fingers; insert 3 pats of butter under the skin over the breast and 1 pat under the skin of each thigh. Poke 10 holes into the turkey meat over the breast and thighs; press minced garlic into the holes. Loosely pack poultry seasoning herbs into the turkey cavity. Sprinkle the skin of the bird with garlic salt, seasoned salt, black pepper, and onion salt.

  • Wrap turkey with slices of bacon, covering as much of the bird as possible. Place turkey into a roasting pan. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a small saucepan and brush butter over the whole turkey including bacon slices. Cover turkey with a tent of aluminum foil.

  • Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for 3 1/2 hours, basting with 1/2 cup melted butter every 30 minutes. Remove aluminum tent, baste turkey with pan drippings, and continue roasting until skin is browned and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, reads at least 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), 30 to 45 more minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Use a package of fresh poultry seasoning from the herb section. If not available, dried is fine. Use 3 tablespoons.

Rule of thumb for this recipe is 20 minutes per pound.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the butter for basting. The actual amount of the butter consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

1078 calories; protein 96.1g; carbohydrates 1.7g; fat 74.2g; cholesterol 379.8mg; sodium 1026.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2014
I made this recipe real close to how it's written but I just did a turkey breast instead of the whole bird and I didn't have onion salt so I used onion powder. I had issues with the bird not getting up to temperature which I'm almost positive was due to the tenting. I seriously had this thing in the oven for 5 hours the last 2 at 375. 3 1/2 hours in I'm still at 125 so I raised to 375. Took another hour to get to 140. Finally at 4 1/2 hours I pulled the tenting and it came up very quickly. My oven temperature is right. I have a couple thermometers inside (always) just to make sure my oven isn't lying to me. Now normally I would pull stars for a recipe so off on timing but the taste and juiciness of the bird was so fantastic that I can't pull anything off. I actually consider myself a bit of a turkey expert and I've never had one so nice before. The flavor was unique and it was so juicy. One more change I made was I didn't add 1/2 cup of butter every hour hour. I did the initial 1/2 cup another one about 1 1/2 hours in and then I basted a couple of times with the liquid in the pan. If I was to make it again I would stick with the onion powder vs. salt. I would sub garlic powder for the salt and perhaps use unsalted butter. There is plenty of salt in the seasoning salt and the bacon to go around. I will definitely be making again using slightly different baking techniques. Read More
(10)
13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2014
I made this recipe real close to how it's written but I just did a turkey breast instead of the whole bird and I didn't have onion salt so I used onion powder. I had issues with the bird not getting up to temperature which I'm almost positive was due to the tenting. I seriously had this thing in the oven for 5 hours the last 2 at 375. 3 1/2 hours in I'm still at 125 so I raised to 375. Took another hour to get to 140. Finally at 4 1/2 hours I pulled the tenting and it came up very quickly. My oven temperature is right. I have a couple thermometers inside (always) just to make sure my oven isn't lying to me. Now normally I would pull stars for a recipe so off on timing but the taste and juiciness of the bird was so fantastic that I can't pull anything off. I actually consider myself a bit of a turkey expert and I've never had one so nice before. The flavor was unique and it was so juicy. One more change I made was I didn't add 1/2 cup of butter every hour hour. I did the initial 1/2 cup another one about 1 1/2 hours in and then I basted a couple of times with the liquid in the pan. If I was to make it again I would stick with the onion powder vs. salt. I would sub garlic powder for the salt and perhaps use unsalted butter. There is plenty of salt in the seasoning salt and the bacon to go around. I will definitely be making again using slightly different baking techniques. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2013
Stuffed the turkey with onion and the herbs it waz great to add to the wild rice side really juicy turkey hubby loved the bacon!!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2014
Wonderful recipe. It was easy to follow and the turkey turned out perfect! Plus the gravy had a nice smokey flavor due to the bacon. We will definitely be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2016
I won't do a turkey any other way from now on! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2016
Very good. Not sure 320 is right. Took longer than expected. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2017
This is the second year I have used this recipe and everyone said it was the best turkey I have ever made! I was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2015
Crowd pleaser! It was really impressive. The drippings are way greaser than turkey alone would be so make sure to cut it with a lot of liquid when making gravy. I used an herb mix with lavender. It was like a giant French style turkey dinner. A meal to remember! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2016
Can't go wrong with bacon! Turned out moist and flavorful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2015
Juicy flavorful and freakin' tasty!! Read More
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