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The Perfect Roast Turkey

This roast turkey recipe, including the brine, will ensure a juicy, flavorful turkey, with crispy skin every time!
The Perfect Roast Turkey - This roast turkey recipe, including the brine, will ensure a juicy, flavorful turkey, with crispy skin every time! #turkey #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving #christmas #howtoroastturkey #keto #lowcarb #recipe | bobbiskozykitchen.com

You might be laughing right now, thinking “Who is this woman and why does she think she knows how to make the perfect turkey?”.
Years and years of trial and error my friends!
I started cooking turkey for the family wayyyyyy back before I had kids. My grandfather and grandmother were the ones that ran the show over the holidays, and I loved hanging out with them in the kitchen while they cooked.
Grandpa made the stuffing, my Grandma always baked bread (aaahhh I can still smell it!), and pecan pie.
I remember one year my Grandmother was making her famous pecan pie. We were all hanging around the kitchen, drooling, and she grabbed the pie out of the oven to set it on a rack to cool. For some reason, the oven mitt didn’t protect her from the heat of the pie tin, and down the pie went onto the floor. 
It was like slow motion. Pie tin tips, pie begins to slip, several of us jump for it.
Like we are going to be able to bare hand catch a blazingly hot pie right?
Nope, it hit the floor.
My grandmother was so upset.
Meanwhile, the rest of us went about the task of gabbing the tools that would allow us to still enjoy the scrumptious dessert.
We grabbed a spatula and a baking sheet. I carefully used the spatula to lift the pie up leaving just a thin amount on the floor and slid it on to the baking sheet.
Hey, we used to joke that my Grandma kept her floors so clean that you could eat off of them!! We were not losing this pie!!
That year we joked about how wonderful my Grandma’s Upside Down Pecan Pie was and that she needed to share the recipe with everyone.
I think I got hit in the head with a stray wooden spoon!
I love every single one of those memories, 
along with the little tips and tricks that they taught me.
I have of course, through the years, tweaked things here and there. But the basics still remain the same. Sometimes simple is just the way to go, right?
The Perfect Roast Turkey - This roast turkey recipe, including the brine, will ensure a juicy, flavorful turkey, with crispy skin every time! #turkey #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving #christmas #howtoroastturkey #keto #lowcarb #recipe | bobbiskozykitchen.com
Here is our gorgeous bird, out of the brine, and all seasoned up.
The Perfect Roast Turkey - This roast turkey recipe, including the brine, will ensure a juicy, flavorful turkey, with crispy skin every time! #turkey #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving #christmas #howtoroastturkey #keto #lowcarb #recipe | bobbiskozykitchen.com
Now for, what might seem like, a very strange step to the process.
Cover your bird with a layer of cheesecloth, ad tuck her in nice. The result of this?
A gorgeous, evenly browned, and crispy skin every single time!!
The Perfect Roast Turkey - This roast turkey recipe, including the brine, will ensure a juicy, flavorful turkey, with crispy skin every time! #turkey #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving #christmas #howtoroastturkey #keto #lowcarb #recipe | bobbiskozykitchen.com


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The Perfect Roast Turkey

Yield: 16 servings

prep time: 48 hour cook time: 3 H & 45 M total time: 51 H & 45 M
This roast turkey recipe, including the brine, will ensure a juicy, flavorful turkey, with crispy skin every time!


For the Brine
  • 1-gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of Redmond’s real sea salt
  • 1 cup erythritol natural sweetener (non-keto can use regular sugar)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 large stems Fresh rosemary
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1-gallon ice water
  • 1 16-pound turkey, thawed
For the Turkey
  • Unbleached cheesecloth, cut to fit your turkey
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Poultry seasoning
  • 1 head garlic, smashed
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 or 3 lemons, pierced with a fork or knife
  • Several stems of thyme and rosemary (some for the cooking and some for garnish after)
  • Several leaves of sage (some for cooking and some for garnish)
  • several quarts of chicken stock or bone broth (I used 3)


How to cook The Perfect Roast Turkey

To make the Brine
  1. Combine the vegetable stock, salt, sugar, vinegar, rosemary, thyme, sage, and peppercorns in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stirring occasionally to dissolve the salt and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature.
2 days before you’d like to eat
  1. Combine the brine, water, and ice in a large stockpot. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed and reserved) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
  2. Remove the bird and discard the brine. Pat the bird dry. Season with cracked black pepper and poultry seasoning, rubbing the skin to make sure the seasoning is even all over the bird. Place the turkey on a platter or baking sheet in the refrigerator, uncovered, for 12 to 24 hours.
The day you want to eat
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place a rack in your roasting pan, or you can lay carrots and celery stalks on the bottom of the roaster to left the turkey up from the bottom.
  3. Carefully place the turkey in the roasting pan, breast side up. Place the garlic, onion, lemons, and herbs inside the cavity. Truss the turkey if it does not come that way.
  4. Loosely cover the turkey with the cheesecloth, tucking the edges into the pan.
  5. Heat at least 2 quarts of the stock in a medium pot, over medium heat. Add the innards (neck, liver, heart, etc) and keep the stock just below a simmer. You will use this to baste your turkey and to make your gravy if wanted.
  6. Place the turkey in the oven with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh.
  7. Cook the turkey, basting every after 30 minutes for the first hour, then every hour until it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove the turkey from the oven, tent with foil, and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes before carving. The temperature will rise as it rests.
  8. Using the turkey baster, carefully squirt the warmed stock over the bird as you slowly peel the cheesecloth off. Be patient, don’t tear the skin.
  9. The result will be brown, crispy gorgeous skin!
  10. Remove the herbs and replace with fresh for garnish


Actual carbs per serving will be much lower since you are not consuming the brine or all of the chicken stock/bone broth.
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  1. This picture could be in a magazine! It's gorgeous. I have decided to brine my turkey for the time so thank you for the recipe. I have collected a bunch of recipes but I am going to use this one. Just out of curiosity – what is the pupose of the cheesecloth? / and where did you get this idea from? Thanks

  2. Thanks so much for the fantastic compliment! As for the cheesecloth, my mother used it and it helps hold the basting fluid all over the skin for even browning. I just saw someone else use it for the first time on the Food Network's Thanksgiving Challenge.

  3. I have never heard of using cheesecloth to cook a turkey. My Hubs is cooking this year so I am going to show this to him.

  4. Ya know what my trick is? I pour a beer over my turkey before I put it into the oven. It comes out SOOOO moist.

  5. Let me know if he uses my idea Terry 🙂

  6. Hey everything is better with beer!!! 🙂

  7. This looks totally delicious. I would have gone in to save the pie too! Pecan pies are my absolute favorite!

  8. Thank you so much I would have no idea how to cook a good turkey (though perhaps a bad one) yours looks and sounds amazing x

  9. That looks delicious. My turkey never turns out right so I need to try your recipe.

  10. Your turkey looks amazing! I have never heard of baking a turkey with cheesecloth. I will be trying this at least this year to see how well it comes out. Anything is worth a try to get a great turkey dinner.

  11. I have never heard to cover it in cheesecloth. But I have to try that next time! It does look quite gorgeous! And I always use a brine. It is just too darn good and I can never go back to roasting a turkey without a brine!

  12. Wow. The perfect turkey indeed – thanks for sharing this recipe! 🙂

  13. Oh. My! That turkey does look perfect! I have my own little spin on what I do with the turkey and it is nothing like this! I will have to try!

  14. That does look great, mine is never that pretty but at least I have gotten to where they are edible (we have all been there when they weren't!). I am not sure how we are preparing ours this year yet, I will print this one out to share with my husband as we decide.

  15. That turkey looks divine. I can never get my turkey to look that great. I'll have to try your way and see what happens this thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing.

  16. That turkey looks delish! I can't wait for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Thanks for passing along, perfect timing!

  18. I have never heard of covering the turkey in cheesecloth. Your turkey looks absolutely gorgeous! I might have to try this this year instead of the typical aluminum foil tent.

  19. It sure is a pretty display, and LOL at the pie story!!! 🙂 I can see my gram being not one bit happy to lose her grip on one of her precious pies. 🙂

  20. I have never made a turkey before but I may use this recipe this year since it is my first time!

  21. I've never seen anyone use a cheesecloth before. If I can convince my husband to make me a turkey, we'll give it a try!

  22. That is simply a beautiful turkey and I can tell it tasted good also. I love this recipe and I think I will try it this year too. Do you have a good recipe for dressing?

  23. That turkey is making my mouth water! I never heard about putting cheesecloth on top of it… but it apparently does work! LOL! 🙂

  24. Yes, I wish Kevin liked pecan pie. I haven't had it in years!

  25. Thanks Sarah! Once you get the hang of it it is pretty easy really 🙂

  26. I hope you try it Pam it really does give us the perfect turkey every year!

  27. I thought it was strange at first too!

  28. I hadn't brined until this past year and will always brine from now on!!

  29. You are so welcome Aisha. I am glad you like it!

  30. I hope you do give it a try Ashley

  31. Oh I can remember years when the turkey was less than tasty LOL

  32. You are welcome 🙂 Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!

  33. Oh boy!! Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  34. I hope you do! It makes it so perfectly brown.

  35. Yes, it was super moist and tender!! I will be posting a dressing recipe on Sunday.

  36. Yes, I know it sounds strange, but it works so well!

  37. This turkey looks delicious. I think preparing the turkey is probably the most intimidating part of any holiday feast preparation. You always hear horror stories of holiday dinners where they turkey preparation went awry.

  38. Your picture is awesome! I am so excited for thanksgiving. I'll be making our turkey again for our friends.

  39. It looks perfect! Ready to devour and conquer! Yum!

  40. I can't make to bake my first turkey this year using the brinning recipe!!! Can you tell me about how long will the bird be in the oven??? Doing dinner on Wednesday and I'm in charge of everything to have ready by the time mom gets home at 6 pm.

  41. The charts will tell you that it should be about 20 minutes per pound but mine usually takes a hour less than the charts say. That is why I use a meat thermometer. It has a lot to do with your oven. This was a 14 pound turkey and it took me about 3 1/2 hours.

  42. After hours of searching for turkey brines I chose this one. Even though I didn't have a gallon of vegetable stock so I used 64oz of chicken stock and 72.5oz of chicken broth. I didn't have thyme either. I hope it still works.

  43. Oh that should still come out wonderful!!

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