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I like to roast a turkey that's slighter on the smaller side, about 10-12 pounds. Preheat an oven to 350. Stuff turkey cavity with one bunch sage, one onion sliced in half, and one head of garlic sliced in half cross-wise, and season with salt and pepper. Rub the whole turkey with 4 to 6 tablespoons of softened butter, and season very liberally with salt and pepper. Tuck the wings behind the back, and tie the legs together. Place a rack in the bottom of a roasting pan. Pour 1 cup chicken stock in the pan. Place the turkey on the rack and roast for about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices from the bird are clear. Allow the turkey to rest for approximately 20 minutes before carving, to ensure a juicy bird. Use the pan drippings for gravy.
The last couple turkeys I have done have been on the BBQ rotisserie - the finished product is very juicy and it frees up the oven for other stuff.Invest in a good thermometer and read both thr thigh and breast to be perfect.
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