The Only Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe You'll Ever Need

Total Time
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 12 hrs

It has taken several years and taking bits of pieces from here and there for me to make the perfect turkey, but It is so moist and has a wonderful flavor and always gets rave reviews. It's labot intensive but worth the effort in the end

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first seven ingriendients in a large stock pot and bring to a boil. add oranges then let cool.
  2. Put turkey in Brine and marinade 24- 48 hours.
  3. Pat dry with cloth.
  4. In the cavity, place 1 orange and lemon, Taraon, basil, garlic, onion.
  5. Cut small pockets all over the turkey just under the skin, stuff pockets with cream cheese.
  6. Mix butter, herbs and Chili flakes and rub over skin.
  7. Put in a roaster and roast, covered on 250 degrees 8- 12 hours.
  8. Remove stuffings before serving.


Most Helpful

Used this recipe for my turkey last year and it was a hit!! I brined my turkey for 48 hours and I cooked it at 350. The turkey was so juicy and tender!! It was soooo good, there was hardly any left.

Sunday55 October 20, 2011

It is worth all the work!! Best turkey I have ever had!! It did take alot longer to cook than I expected, but I was cooking a 19 lb tukey. Also I left it uncovered for the last hour so it browned nicely.

MegMurphy March 04, 2010

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