I've made this turkey for a crowd and it was a huge hit. There are a lot of steps, but several of them can be done the day before. My group really enjoyed the gravy, but for me, it was a tad bit sweet because of the applejack. If you don't care for sweeter gravies, I would 1/2 the applejack and add as you taste. Just giving a warning because it's a lot of work to put together a turkey dinner - and it should be great!!