How to Make a Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey?

Thanksgiving roasted turkey is presented as a large meal on Thanksgiving day to give thanks for the harvest and spend time with family. In America, turkey is served at Thanksgiving dinner with various traditional dishes such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. It may be the most prominent eating event when people consume as much as three or four thousand calories. 

Make a Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey

In this blog, I will show you how to prepare this traditional recipe that will tantalize your tastebuds.

Thanksgiving roasted turkey recipe

Thaw your turkey

The safest way to thaw a turkey is in the refrigerator. Allow approximately 24 hours for every 5 pounds of meat.

Wash your hands, not the turkey!

Many believe washing their turkey will eliminate bacteria and make them safer. However, it’s practically impossible to wash bacteria off the bird. Instead, juices that drizzle during washing can transmit bacteria onto the surfaces of your kitchen, other foods, and utensils. t is called cross-contamination. The only way to destroy bacteria on your turkey is to cook it. The safe minimum internal temperature for all bacteria is 165 °F when measured with a food thermometer. Therefore, you don’t need to wash your turkey, but you will need a food thermometer on Thanksgiving Day.

Remove the neck and giblets of the turkey.

Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, or you can place it in a disposable pan for easy cleanup. Remove the neck and giblet. You can save or discard these for another use (for gravy).

Pat dry the turkey with a towel.

Take paper towels and dry the turkey so the seasoning will stick to the bird.


  • 13-pound whole turkey
  • Two teaspoons of minced or chopped garlic 
  • Two tablespoons salt
  • 24 ounces cola (We used Coca-Cola)
  • Large apple
  • Half cup butter
  • Large onion and carrots
  • Sweet flavors such as apple, apricot, cherry, Peach, or maple 
  • Garlic powder 
  • Table salt 
  • Ground pepper

The apple and cola help add a little sweetness. In contrast, the butter and onion make the juices you’ll use to baste the turkey so rich.

What is a good seasoning for turkey?

Often you can get creative and put a spice rub all over the outside of the turkey, but for this recipe, we kept it simple with minced garlic and seasoned salt. This turkey’s flavor comes from ingredients baked inside the cavity, so garlic and seasoned salt help add to that flavor.

Make a Thanksgiving Roasted Turkey

How long does it take to smoke a turkey?

It’s good to plan 30 minutes per pound when you smoke a turkey between 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit. 


  • Rub the minced garlic all over the turkey, then sprinkle the entire outside of the bird with seasoned salt.
  • Place the turkey in a large roasting pan or disposable aluminum pan.
  • Stuff the large cavity of the bird with the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover the turkey breast loosely with aluminum foil to help dissipate some heat. Since dark meat takes longer to cook than light meat, this method lets the thighs and legs get their roast on while the breast gently cooks.
  • Prepare the smoker and heat to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the turkey in the smoker and baste every 1-2 hours with turkey juices from the pan.
  • Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the thigh. 
  • It’s good to plan 30 minutes per pound when you smoke a turkey between 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit. This turkey was 13 pounds and took about 7-8 hours to get to the temperature. 
  • Remove the turkey from the smoker and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with this tasty Thanksgiving roasted turkey.

Make a Thanksgiving Roasted TurkeyStore Turkey Leftovers

You can store the turkey leftovers in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Please place them in airtight containers or zip-top bags before storing them. Simple reheat in the microwave oven and eat when you like.

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