This will be the Best Roast Turkey Recipe you ever eat! Crisp and golden on the outside, infused with citrus butter and herbs, perfectly juicy and moist on the inside. Here I'm sharing my 3 secrets to perfect roast turkey every time.
2fresh rosemary springsleaves removed and finely minced
3leavesfresh sagefinely chopped
3 sprigsfresh thymeleaves removed, finely chopped
For the brine
Remove the rosemary leaves off the sprigs. Peel the oranges being careful not to get the pith. A vegetable peeler works great.
Combine apple cider, water, salt, honey, rosemary leaves, orange peels, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Allow it to cool and immerse the turkey into it. Store it in the fridge. Brine for 16-18 hours.
After the brining process, rinse the turkey very well under cold water.
For the turkey
Heat the oven to 275.
Place the turkey breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan.
Cover completely with heavy duty aluminum foil. Roast the turkey for 10 minutes per pound.
While the turkey is roasting, combine the butter, orange zest, and rosemary leaves and mix well so all is combined.
After the first stage of roasting, remove the turkey from the oven, remove the foil and rub the butter mixture all over the skin.
Raise the temperature of the oven to 350.
Insert an oven proof meat thermometer into the side of the breast of the turkey.
Return the turkey to the oven, uncovered.
Baste with the juices every 30 minutes until the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees and the skin is golden brown.
Remove from the oven, tent with foil and let rest 15 minutes before serving.
If you don’t have a pot big enough for all the liquid in the brine, start with just 1 gallon of water. Once you’ve boiled and cooled it and you can add the rest of the water.The prep time doesn't include the brining time, which is 16-18 hours. The cook time will vary depending upon the weight of your turkey. An oven thermometer is KEY.