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Whole Traditional Turkey

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  • Yields: 8–10 Servings
  • Cook time: 3 h
  • Prep time: 24 h


  • 10 pounds whole turkey
  • ½ pound butter
  • 4 tablespoons of your favorite rub
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
Brine (bring all ingredients to a simmer, cool completely)
  • 1 gallon water
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup of your favorite rub


  1. Prepare the brine and cool completely, then add the turkey and allow to rest in the fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Remove from the brine and pat dry.
  3. Mix softened butter with 4 tbsp of your favorite rub.
  4. Add the compound butter underneath the skin of the turkey and reserve 2 tbsp to smear on top of the skin.
  5. Season the outside of the bird with 1 tbsp of your favorite rub.
  6. Cook at 325°F until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached in the breast.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

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