Sherry's German Turkey


Give your Thanksgiving dinner a twist this year. You will be pleasantly surprised at the indescribable flavor of this turkey. Well, WOW comes to mind. I got the general recipe from a German friend of mine with an added twist of my own. I have had so many raves about my turkey that everyone now comes to my house on Thanksgiving. Definitely a crowd pleaser, there has never been left over turkey at my house. Thanks Evelyn :)

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
18 servings


  • 1 (18 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 1 medium onion, peeled

  • 1 large carrot, peeled

  • 1 stalk celery

  • 1 apple, stem removed

  • 1 orange

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon soul food seasoning

  • 1 pound sliced smoked bacon

  • 1 turkey sized oven bag


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Rinse the turkey, pat dry and place in a large roasting pan. Insert the onion, carrot, and celery into the cavity of the bird. Poke holes in the apple and orange so they will release their juices, and stuff them into the bird. You may have to cut some things in half to get them all inside. Spread oil all over the outside of the bird, and season with salt, pepper and soul food seasoning.

  3. Place the turkey into an oven bag, and set back into the pan with the breast facing up. Lay strips of bacon over the entire top. Close the bag.

  4. Roast the turkey for about 4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) when taken in the thickest part of the thigh. Let the turkey rest for 10 or 15 minutes before carving, and use the drippings in your favorite gravy recipe.


To get ahead for the big day, you can prepare turkey the night before, then refrigerate and roast the next day.

Learn more about how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving in our How to Cook a Turkey article!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

883 Calories
51g Fat
4g Carbs
96g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 883
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Cholesterol 326mg 109%
Sodium 666mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 96g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1320mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.