Overnight Slow Roast Turkey

I have a confession to make. The first time I made a turkey, I made a mistake. One that turned out to start a tradition and evolved to become the best turkey I have ever tasted.

What was my mistake? I cooked it upside down. I was 18 and had mo clue what I was doing. My mother laughed at me when she looked into the roasting pan. Then, she tasted it. The result was a turkey so moist, that I tried it again and again and again.

Cooking a turkey is no small task, though. Cook for so many minutes per pound, check the temperature. Stop every hour to baste with drippings. The whole time your oven is occupied making it impossible to cook anything else. Well, no more. I have developed a sure way to cook your turkey that will not dry out. How you ask? Cook it overnight while you sleep.

Yes, that’s right. You slow roast your turkey at a low temperature. It is so easy and has very few steps.

This method does not work with a stuffed turkey, but the results make that sacrifice worth it.

  1. Start with a thawed turkey. Make sure the turkey is fully thawed and you can move the limbs freely. Rince and remove any gizzards or neck.
  2. Place in a roasting pan with the breast down. This lets all the drippings go down into the breast keeping it moist.
  3. Generously rub turkey with butter on and under the skin.
  4. Rub 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp poultry seasoning on the turkey’s skin.
  5. cook for 30 minutes in the oven preheated to 425. This kills any bacteria and browns the skin.
  6. Reduce heat to 200 and walk away. With the temperature so low, you can not overcook the bird. You want the turkey to cook at least 12 hours to ensure it is fully cooked.

The result is amazing.  The turkey is so easy to carve, it practically falls apart. Let the turkey rest for 30 minutes before carving. We often carve and put the meat in a slow cooker to bring to family gatherings.


That’s it. Now you can relax about cooking your holiday turkey!


  1. Lisa Kerr says:

    Sounds so gooood:)

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