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Easy & Juicy Whole Roasted Turkey

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No basting. No flipping. Brine. Season. Bake. That's it! I'm in love with this easy & juicy whole roasted turkey recipe and once you try it, I'm sure you will be too. The skin is PERFECTLY seasoned and the meat...lawd have mercy, it's amazing to say the least, tender, juicy, and moist. What more could you ask for in a turkey?
  Turkey bird 16 Pound, thawed
For brine
  Buttermilk 1 Gallon
  Kosher salt 8 Tablespoon
  Poultry seasoning 2 Tablespoon
  Black pepper 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm), crushed
  White onion 1 Medium, chopped finely
For inside cavity
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Apple 1 Medium
  Orange 1 Medium
For seasoned butter
  Butter 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 stick)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Cajun seasoning 1 Teaspoon
  Poultry seasoning 1 Tablespoon
  Oregano 1 Teaspoon
  Basil 1 Teaspoon
  Thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic flakes 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1⁄2 Teaspoon

1. In a large bowl combine the brine ingredients.
2. Line a large bowl, pot or bucket with an oven roasting bag.
3. Place the turkey into the bag and pour in the brine.
4. Tie the bag, making sure all the air is out and the buttermilk brine is completely surrounding the turkey. Refrigerate overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

6. Rinse the brine off completely.
7. Dry the turkey with paper towels until completely dry.
8. Combine the salt and pepper and rub inside of the turkey cavity.
9. Stuff the cavity with an apple and orange.
10. In a bowl, combine all of the seasoned butter ingredients.
11. Brush this butter mixture generously onto the turkey, until covered with butter. Reserve some of the butter if desired.
12. Place turkey in a roasting pan.
13. Put on the lower rack in the oven and bake uncovered for 3 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours.
14. Cover with foil for the last 45 minutes (if you are content with the browning) and also remove the apple and orange at this point.
15. Remove from oven when done.
16. Let rest for 20 minutes.

17. In a serving platter, serve the turkey garnished with roasted vegetables and herbs.

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240 Minutes

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