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No-Fail Turkey Recipe – Super Easy!

This easy no-fail turkey recipe makes the best turkey you will ever eat! It is super tasty, moist and tender! The meat will just fall off the bones so you will have to serve it already carved. It will be very juicy and moist.

This easy no-fail turkey recipe makes the best turkey you will ever eat! It is super tasty, moist and tender! The meat will just fall off the bones so you will have to serve it already carved. It will be very juicy and moist.

Ingredients

Scale

1 turkey, 20-22 lbs.
1 stick margarine or butter

Instructions

  1. Defrost frozen turkey for several days in the refrigerator according to the directions on the package.
  2. Preheat oven to 250°.
  3. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Remove the insides of the turkey and save for giblet gravy or for fried livers and gizzards.
  5. Lay turkey, breast side down, in the pan.
  6. Place the stick of butter on the inside.
  7. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake at 250° for 1 hour.
  9. Reduce heat to 200° and roast for 10-15 hours. Cooking time can be longer to fit your schedule. Test with a meat thermometer to make sure the temperature in the thigh is 180°.

Notes

If I have a 20-22 lb. turkey, I put it in the oven one hour before I go to bed (that way I can turn it down to 200° and sometimes I go down to 180° before I go to bed.) It will be done by noon the next day. Because it cooks at such a low temperature, if you aren’t going to eat until 1-2 PM,  it will stay just fine in the oven until then.

If I have a smaller 10 lb. turkey, I put it in the oven early on Thanksgiving morning (about 6 or 7 AM in order to eat at noon. You don’t need to worry too much about it getting done. An hour or two before the meal, check it and see how it is doing. If it isn’t cooking quickly enough, you can always raise the temperature to 350°.

If you use a smaller 10 -12 lb turkey, you only need to use half of a stick (about 4 Tbsp.) of butter. You can also place it in a large crockpot on low.