I made this at a Christmas party last year. It was the first time I'd ever done a turkey by myself, and my mother told me I was basting too much. I showed her; it was the most tender turkey any of the guests had ever had. Better than the woodchips she fed us every Christmas Day!

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Set oven rack to the lowest position so the turkey will fit.

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  • Rinse the turkey and pat dry. Place in a large roasting pan and loosely fill the cavity with stuffing. Rub butter all over the outside, and season with salt and pepper. Use a large sheet of aluminum foil to make a tent over the bird.

  • Place in the preheated oven, and here's where it gets interesting. Baste every 5 to 10 minutes - everywhere! Whenever you're not doing something, baste! If you are too busy to baste, take turns with someone else. After 2 hours, remove the foil tent. Keep roasting until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) when taken in the thickest part of the thigh. It should take about 4 hours total.

Tips

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

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Nutrition Facts

883.1 calories; 94.8 g protein; 19.3 g carbohydrates; 281.8 mg cholesterol; 870.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2012
You CAN slow cook a turkey at 240 degrees without any problems. I cook at a resturant and we use an Altosham cook and hold oven. I agree that opening the oven first doesn't give a consistant temperature second wastes energy to reheat the oven but if the bird reaches 175 to 180 degrees internal temp it doesn't matter how the bird is cooked. Cook and hold ovens that resturants use to cook turkey prime rib stuff like that cook for longer periods of time at much lower temps. Most cook and hold ovens only go to 250. As an example it will take me 10 hours of cooking at 240 for a 25lb turkey. The oven then goes into a hold cycle of 160 degrees. The minimum hold time is 3 hours with a max hold time of 10 hours. So it could take 12-14 hours to fully cook a 25lb turkey. This is the way resturants are able to make turkey juicy. Lower temps/longer cooking = juicy! This can be done in a conventional oven as well. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2009
Too much work for too little return. Tried this a couple of weeks ago and wasnt any more moist. Tenting the turkey and basting a couple of times or cooking it breast side down will give the same results and frustrate the cook less and take less time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2012
You CAN slow cook a turkey at 240 degrees without any problems. I cook at a resturant and we use an Altosham cook and hold oven. I agree that opening the oven first doesn't give a consistant temperature second wastes energy to reheat the oven but if the bird reaches 175 to 180 degrees internal temp it doesn't matter how the bird is cooked. Cook and hold ovens that resturants use to cook turkey prime rib stuff like that cook for longer periods of time at much lower temps. Most cook and hold ovens only go to 250. As an example it will take me 10 hours of cooking at 240 for a 25lb turkey. The oven then goes into a hold cycle of 160 degrees. The minimum hold time is 3 hours with a max hold time of 10 hours. So it could take 12-14 hours to fully cook a 25lb turkey. This is the way resturants are able to make turkey juicy. Lower temps/longer cooking = juicy! This can be done in a conventional oven as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/14/2012
You CAN slow cook a turkey at 240 degrees without any problems. I cook at a resturant and we use an Altosham cook and hold oven. I agree that opening the oven first doesn't give a consistant temperature second wastes energy to reheat the oven but if the bird reaches 175 to 180 degrees internal temp it doesn't matter how the bird is cooked. Cook and hold ovens that resturants use to cook turkey prime rib stuff like that cook for longer periods of time at much lower temps. Most cook and hold ovens only go to 250. As an example it will take me 10 hours of cooking at 240 for a 25lb turkey. The oven then goes into a hold cycle of 160 degrees. The minimum hold time is 3 hours with a max hold time of 10 hours. So it could take 12-14 hours to fully cook a 25lb turkey. This is the way resturants are able to make turkey juicy. Lower temps/longer cooking = juicy! This can be done in a conventional oven as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2012
Great recipe! There is nothing wrong with opening the oven to baste as often as you like. As long as it cooks to the correct temp and long enough it is fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2006
Coming from a family (not of cooks)it's amazing I even know what a measuring cup is. So you can imagine my familys delite when I used this recipe and they could actually chew and swallow their food. Thanks Much mojo Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2008
I do my turkey very simular to this but to save myself a lot of basting I mix some unmelted butter with some salt and pepper and lift the turkey skin by slipping my hands underneath and over the breast and pack the butter mix in underneath the skin so that it cooks into the turkey instead of running off. I then just secure the skin back down over the turkey with a couple of toothpicks. It still gives that crisp golden brown coloring. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/12/2008
I used this recipe and my entire family loved it. I am now asked to bring the turkey at Thanksgiving! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/23/2009
Too much work for too little return. Tried this a couple of weeks ago and wasnt any more moist. Tenting the turkey and basting a couple of times or cooking it breast side down will give the same results and frustrate the cook less and take less time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
Just made this turkey again today for Thanksgiving. It is the second time I used this recipe. What I did differently was I added half the amount of butter initially and then rubbed more on with a rubber spatula the first few times I basted until the stick was gone. I must say basting every ten minutes is too much. By the time your oven reheats itself you're opening it again to baste. Such a waste of energy and time. I was basting every 20 minutes to a half hour making sure I doused every inch of the turkey. It was super delicious and really juicy. The juices seeped off of my cutting board and onto the floor lol Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2012
I followed the advice of another reviewer and stuffed butter under the skin. I've never had such most turkey. I only had to baste it every half hour or so. I also added garlic powder to the salt and pepper and rubbed it in well. Read More