How to Roast a Thanksgiving Turkey
A fool-proof guide on how to roast a Thanksgiving turkey
  • Alice's perfect brine (recipe here)
  • one thawed whole turkey
  • lemon cut in half
  • apple cut in half
  • onion cut in half
  • 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 8 large stems thyme
  • handful fresh sage
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper
  1. Brine the turkey 1-2 days before roasting or at least 8 hours in advance.
  2. Rinse the turkey off and pat dry. Set the turkey in a roasting pan and stuff the cavity with the lemon, apple, onion, and fresh herbs.
  3. Rub the outside of the turkey with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.
  4. Allow the turkey to rest in the pan for 2 hours before roasting.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  6. Roast the turkey according to the cooking times below.
  7. Weight Cook Time
  8. ½-7 lbs. 2-2½ hrs.
  9. -9 lbs. 2½-3 hrs.
  10. -18 lbs. 3-3½ hrs.
  11. -22 lbs. 3½-4 hrs.
  12. -24 lbs. 4-4½ hrs.
  13. -30 lbs. 4½-5 hrs.
  14. After the turkey has been roasting about ⅔ of the time through, loosely cover the breast and drumsticks with the foil to prevent overcooking and over-browning.
  15. Pull the turkey out when my thermometer reaches 165 degrees F in the center breast and allow it to rest for 20-30 minutes on the counter (still tented) before serving.
  16. Tip: While it’s resting, bake or cook a side dish like stuffing. And that's it!
Recipe by Savory Sweet Life at