Thanksgiving Turkey

Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes per pound

(Approximately 2 1/2 hours for a ten pound turkey)

Thanksgiving turkey is as traditional as it gets for a holiday dinner in the us. There are so many ways to prepare your thanksgiving turkey. Most people roast, fry, or smoke their thanksgiving turkey, but our favorite way is roasting. if you want a quick, easy way to cook your thanksgiving turkey, this recipe will help you do that.


1 turkey of the appropriate size

1 teaspoon Salt per stick of Butter

1 teaspoon Pepper per stick of Butter

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder per stick of Butter

1 teaspoon Onion Powder per stick of Butter

1 to 2 sticks of butter


A roasting pan large enough to fit the turkey

Foil to line the pan to keep clean up to a minimum

Sauté pan to melt the butter

A slow cooker with slow cooker liner if you plan to make the turkey ahead of time

Second slow cooker liner if you plan to pre-cook and re-heat the turkey in a slow cooker


Rinse turkey and remove the neck and packet of turkey organ meat. Melt the butter in a pan and add the dry ingredients.  Mix well.  When the ingredients are well mixed spread them over the turkey, including under the skin on the breastbone.  Place in a roasting pan and roast the turkey for 20 minutes per pound.  When the bird is finished cooking, cover the turkey with foil and let it rest for at least ten minutes before carving.


Turkey can be prepared up to two days ahead of time.  To re-heat the turkey, place in a roasting pan with two cups of chicken or turkey stock.  Heat the turkey slowly in the oven at 275F degrees for an hour to an hour and a half.  The turkey can also be re-heated in a slow cooker with or without a liner.  Use the same amount of stock and cook on low for two to three hours, stirring occasionally.  Want to make mashed potatoes to go with your Thanksgiving turkey?  Check out our Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe or any of our other Thanksgiving recipes, including Mama K’s Homemade Gravy, Stuffing, Savory Mashed Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes, Baked Apples and Pumpkin Pie with Grain Free Crust.