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Turkey Tips

Posted on: December 4th, 2023

Turkey Tips: Classic Oven Roasted Turkey

Below are some turkey tips and instructions that will help you nail your oven roasted turkey for any occasion–big or small!


Estimate cooking time at 15 minutes per pound and allow 30 minutes for resting time – if you are stuffing your bird, add 1 hour cooking time.




  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coarsely chop enough onions, celery, and carrots to cover the bottom of a heavy roasting pan. Nestle roasting rack and turkey over vegetables. Season bird inside and out with Tony’s Roasted Turkey or Pork & Poultry Rub and mist with oil. Add 2 cups hot turkey stock to pan and place in the center of preheated oven.
  2. Melt butter with 2-4 cups of stock to make basting jus. Check turkey every 45-60 minutes. Baste generously with warm jus to assure the pan doesn’t cook dry. If the bird is browning too quickly, tent with foil.
  3. About ¾ way through estimated roasting time, start testing internal temperature in the deepest part of the thigh. Your turkey is fully cooked, perfectly safe, and the moistest possible at 165°-175°, but may still have some pink meat and reddish bones. Some prefer to roast turkeys to an internal temperature of 180-185° to avoid this.
  4. Remove turkey from the oven and place on a platter. Tent with parchment or foil; or cover with a towel and rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Slice & serve.

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