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Dave's Famous Thanksgiving Turkey

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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4 h 20 m servings 1078
Original recipe yields 15 servings (1 whole turkey)


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  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Per Serving: 1078 calories; 74.2 1.7 96.1 380 1026 Full nutrition

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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...

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!!!

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.

This was my second time making this recipe for Thanksgiving. It was such a hit last year that family asked me to make it again. 22 pound turkey with 48 ounces of bacon basket-weaved and wrapped...

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!

Very good. Not sure 320 is right. Took longer than expected.

Can't go wrong with bacon! Turned out moist and flavorful!

I won't do a turkey any other way from now on!

Juicy, flavorful and freakin' tasty!!