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How Long Do You Cook a 15 Pound Turkey

Oven-Roasted Turkey

  • Author: Bobby


  • One whole turkey, 15 pounds, thawed,
  • Two cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • Two teaspoons pepper, ground
  • Two teaspoons kosher salt
  • One cup unsalted butter, melted



  1. Sit the turkey at room temperature for 30 minutes and clean out the body cavity. Place it on the rack in the pan, breast side up.
  2. Heat the oven to 450F and set the rack at the bottom third. Then, rub the turkey inside and out with the salt and pepper mixture. Next, pour the broth into the pan and set the turkey in the oven.
  3. Turn down the heat to 350F and cook for about three hours. Then, check the temperature at about halfway through the cooking. If the skin browns too fast, tent loosely with foil, reflective side up. Also, baste the turkey with the pan juices every 45 minutes.
  4. At the last 45 minutes of cooking time, baste the turkey with melted butter. Then, cook until the internal temperature reads 157F at the thickest parts of the meat.
  5. Take it down and tent it with foil, then let it rest for 30 minutes. Afterwards, carve the turkey and serve. You can also use pan juice to make gravy.

For more guidelines, click on this video.