It was about this time last year that I was looking for how to cook a turkey. We decided to do a meal at the new house with all of the children and well I wanted to cook a huge meal for the family. Then it happened, I had no clue how to cook a turkey. I researched, how do I cook a turkey. I asked my elders. Finally we had a plan and we cooked a moist, delicious turkey for the family. Here is how you cook a turkey for Thanksgiving …
Make sure that you thaw the turkey out completely – they say about 24 hours per pound of turkey is needed. Mine was a 16lb turkey and did take between 7-14 days to fully thaw out.
Once your turkey is thawed out and the dinner day has arrived, wake up early, this will take hours to cook.
Remove all packaging to include the bag of gizzards, check the neck cavity and anywhere there may be hidden packaging.
Move rack to bottom half of oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Get a roasting pan out to place turkey in, I purchased a cheap throw away roasting pan.
Rub a stick over butter all over the turkey, cover it in butter.
Grab your favorite seasonings and sprinkle the turkey with seasonings.
Make sure you have broth or water in the bottom of roasting pan, I put water about 1″ or so of it, remember you need to leave room for the turkey juices to come out.
Cover the turkey completely with tin-foil.
Cooking time will vary, it took us about 4-5 hours to cook the 16lbs turkey. They say rule-of-thumb is 13 minutes per pound.
You should turn oven down to 350-400 degrees F about 30 minutes in to cooking time.
Be sure to have a meat thermometer and check turkey about half way through the estimated cooking time to make sure you are not over cooking.
Cook the turkey to a full 165 degrees F on that thermometer, check three places: the breast, the outer thigh, and the inside thigh. All should read at least 165 degrees.
Once the turkey has reached temperature, you are ready to serve! Be careful, oven, turkey and pan will be hot! Use gloves and let turkey cool down before carving/cutting.
**As always, I am not a professional, I am simply sharing how we cooked our turkey last year, please be careful and know that I am in no way responsible for your actions while using my tips/suggestions for cooking a turkey. Always consult multiple sources before trying my tips, and adjust ingredients based on any allergies you may have. **