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Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey (25 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby




  1. Brining the turkey for about 8 to 18 hours is an option you should consider for added tenderness. One hour before roasting, take the turkey out of the refrigerator. The giblets should be removed from the body cavity or the neck cavity. Using paper towels, pat dry. It’s fine if your turkey is still cold after resting at room temperature for a while.
  2. Combine the melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub this mixture on the turkey all over. After that, massage it with olive oil. Spoon it into the turkey’s neck end if you are using stuffing.
  3. In the lowest third of the oven, place an oven rack. Adjust the oven’s temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 degrees Celsius) and let it heat up. In a roasting pan, place a wire rack. Then, the breast side upset the turkey on the rack. Embed an oven-safe meat thermometer into the turkey’s thigh if available, and leave it in during the cooking process.
  4. As soon as the oven gets hot, place the turkey inside and reduce the heat to 325°F right away.
  5. Cooking Time is approximately 5½ hours in a conventional oven and 30 minutes less in a convection or forced air oven. Halfway through the cooking time, baste the turkey with juices from the pan. After 2 hours, begin testing the turkey’s internal temperature regularly.
  6. Check the temperature of the turkey thigh and breast using a meat thermometer or an instant-read thermometer. When your turkey reaches 165°F (74°C), it’s done. Put the turkey back into the oven if it isn’t done yet. (Note: after 140°F, the temperature might swiftly climb.)
  7. Remove the turkey from the oven once it has finished baking. Elevate one end of the roasting pan lengthwise with an oven mitt to allow liquids from the cavity to pour out. Place the turkey on a chopping board and set it aside. Before carving, cover the turkey with aluminum foil and set it aside for about 30 to 60 minutes.

This large turkey recipe is great when you’re having a feast and need a delicious centerpiece that everyone can enjoy and appreciate. If you need more recipe ideas for cooking a 25-pound turkey, we recommend watching this video recipe.