Turkey cook time

Google is giving me conflicting answers. I have a 20.25lb turkey currently sitting in a wet brine. How long should it be in the oven? What is the ideal internal temperature so I know it's done? Aside from drying it well before roasting, any tips on how to get super crispy skin?

Veronica Paz


Mark B. November 23, 2016
I'm sure the F52 blog on this is good, but my 2¢: cook slowly (325) until the breast measures about 150 - that size bird will probably be nicely browned by then. If it's not, crank the oven to 400 or even a little higher. Pull it when the thigh is 165. (I know this is counter-guidelines but after it rests it will be hot enough.)
sexyLAMBCHOPx November 23, 2016
Hi Mark - Chops here - big fan! Happy Thanksgiving to you!
PHIL November 23, 2016
Always check in the thickest part of the meat and in a few spots with the thermometer. i usally turn the turkey once because the back of my oven is hotter. Remember to let it at least 20 minutes before carving. the hot gravy will warm the turkey when you serve it. A great gravy is the unsung hero. Good Luck!
Lindsay-Jean H. November 23, 2016
And a few options for perfect skin here! https://food52.com/blog/11647-how-to-get-perfect-skin-on-your-turkey-that-is
Lindsay-Jean H. November 23, 2016
Hi Victoria, here's an article with temp and time guidelines for cooking: https://food52.com/blog/18372-the-essential-numbers-a-guide-to-times-and-temps-for-cooking-your-bird. Within it, one of our community members says this about internal temperatures: "The targets after resting are 165° F for breast and 175° F for the thigh. If you're using a calibrated instant-read thermometer, you can pull the bird at 160° F. If you're using a 'meat' thermometer, pull it at 165° F."
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