Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe
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Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe

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I can't wait to serve this juicy turkey at Thanksgiving—so I make it several times a year. It's even more delicious than its aroma while baking!—Terrie Herman, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 3-1/2 hours + standing
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1/4 cup ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, quartered lengthwise
  • Fresh parsley sprigs
  • 2 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • Additional olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 541 calories, 30g fat (9g saturated fat), 217mg cholesterol, 596mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 62g protein.


  1. Combine the first six ingredients in a small bowl; stir to form a smooth paste. Brush over inside and outside of turkey. Cover or place in a 2-gal. resealable plastic bag; refrigerate for 1-24 hours.
  2. Place turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan. Place the onion, celery and parsley inside turkey cavity. Lay the bacon across breast. Spread butter between legs and body. Tie drumsticks together. Brush the turkey with oil. Pour broth and water into pan.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 185°, basting frequently. Remove from oven; discard bacon. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Thicken pan juices for gravy if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Editor's Note: Cheesecloth is available in the housewares section of your grocery store. This recipe can be prepared without the cheesecloth.
Originally published as Juicy Roast Turkey in Country Extra November 1997, p51

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Chiquitapsl User ID: 1670597 238255
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2015

"I've made it 4 years in a row now.. It's perfect"

xXTabbyXx User ID: 8638576 238172
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2015

"This was horrible i will never make it again. Using this recipe ruined my Thanksgiving dinner. The skin had a nasty flavor which also ruined my turkey gravy."

kallee User ID: 1377067 49760
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"This turkey turned out full of flavor. We especially loved having the bacon flavor on the breast meat."

cyounce User ID: 2118537 77965
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"I made this for Thanksgiving & it was delicious. This was only my third time cooking a turkey, so I don't have a lot of experience with them. Since I had an 18 lb. turkey, I doubled the recipe and increased the cooking time and it turned out juicy, delicious & it looked beautiful too. I will continue to use this recipe in the future."

damonsamara User ID: 5029442 49503
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"Tis the season!!! Can't wait until Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday, 2013!!! This recipe is as" GOOD" as it gets. Made it last year and is definitely a KEEPER. We did a 22 pound turkey and doubled the recipe."

wallacej84 User ID: 7483361 24261
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"can i use a 14 to 15 lb turkey? and if so.are there any changes i need to make"

bnrudy User ID: 659489 49756
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"There isn't anything about cheesecloth in the directions or ingredients,but I have use cheesecloth on my turkey in the past I soak it in melted butter with wine lay it over the turkey breast (use several layers of cheesecloth), I do use the rest of this recipe very good"

sdsmall User ID: 5978799 20640
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

"I used an 8 1/2 pound turkey for this recipe. I cooked it covered for 1 1/2 hours and then left it uncovered for 2 hours. I basted the turkey every twenty minutes to be sure it stayed moist. It was delicious, juicy and all my guests asked for the recipe. I didn't use bacon or fresh parsley (dry instead). I also sprinkled a little garlic salt on before cooking. I will DEFINITELY use this recipe again."

skb cooking User ID: 5191780 44525
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"didn't turn out juicy, was really quite dry."

DaddyChefGB User ID: 4711713 15932
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"This recipe was incredible! I loved this turkey and received ALOT of compliments about its juiciness and rich flavor."

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