Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond
Episode: Thanksgiving
Total:
21 hr 30 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
21 hr 30 min
Active:
30 min
Yield:
12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

My Favorite Turkey Brine:

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Special equipment: brining bag or very large pot

Remove the turkey from its packaging and remove the bags inside that hold the neck and giblets. Rinse them and put them in a plastic bag in the fridge; you'll need them for the gravy. Rinse the turkey thoroughly with cold water. Place the turkey into a large brining bag or pot. Pour in My Favorite Turkey Brine and place in the fridge for 16 to 18 hours so the brine can work its magic.

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

After the turkey has brined, remove it from the brining bag and rinse the turkey thoroughly again inside and out. Soak the turkey in cold water for 15 minutes, and then rinse again and pat dry.

Truss the bird or tuck the legs and wings however you like. Then place the bird, breast-side up, on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover the whole pan, tenting the bird, with heavy-duty foil so that it's well sealed. Place in the oven and roast the turkey for about 10 minutes per pound. (So for a 20-pound turkey, roast it at 275 degrees for about 3 1/2 hours. For a 15-pound turkey, roast it for 2 1/2 hours.) Note: there will still be more cooking time after this, but it'll be at a different temperature.

When it's time to remove the turkey from the oven, mix together the butter, rosemary and orange peel strips. Remove the turkey from the oven and increase the temperature to 375 degrees F. Remove the foil and set aside. (Put stuffing in the bird if you wish at this point.) Rub the butter mixture all over the skin of the turkey, getting in the crevices. Insert a meat thermometer into the thigh, near the hip joint. Place the turkey, uncovered, back into the oven. Continue roasting the turkey, basting/brushing with the juices in the pan every 30 minutes until the thermometer registers 165 degrees F and until the juices are no longer pink. This could take another 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the bird.

Remove from the oven and cover lightly with foil until you are ready to carve.

My Favorite Turkey Brine:

Combine the water, cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, orange strips and rosemary leaves in a large pot. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat and cover. Allow to cool completely, and then place into the fridge to chill.

Cook's Note

This is enough for a 20 pound fresh turkey. You can decrease the quantity for a smaller bird.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Turkey Tetrazzini

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Perfect Roast Turkey

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Roasted Green Beans

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Turkey Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Simple Roasted Pork Shoulder

Recipe courtesy of Aaron McCargo Jr.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Plaster Chocolate Cake 05:58

This cake is so rich and creamy that Raiza Costa wants to plaster the world with it.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Cupcake Wars

          10am | 9c

          Cupcake Wars

          11am | 10c

          Cupcake Wars

          12pm | 11c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30pm | 1:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          3:30pm | 2:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          4:30pm | 3:30c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c

          Chopped

          8pm | 7c

          Chopped

          9pm | 8c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10pm | 9c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10:30pm | 9:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          11:30pm | 10:30c

          Chopped

          12am | 11c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          1:30am | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30am | 1:30c

          Chopped

          3am | 2c

          Mystery Diners

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking