Prep Duration: 30 minutes

Inactive Duration: 20 minutes

Cooking Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total: 3 hours, 20 minutes



  1. 25 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  2. 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  3. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  4. 1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  5. Kosher salt
  6. Freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 large bunch fresh thyme
  8. 1 whole lemon, halved
  9. 1 Spanish onion, quartered
  10. 1 head garlic, halved crosswise


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.
  3. Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey. Insert the probe of your Smartro Thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest area, avoiding bone.
  4. Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes. To ensure it is at the right temperature (165 degrees F/74 degrees C), insert the probe of your thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest area, avoiding bone.
  5. Slice the turkey and serve.