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Upside Down, Inside, Outside Turkey. For turkey that's always moist, use this fool-proof method. The white meat is just as juicy as the dark meat.
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Upside Down, Inside, Outside Turkey

Some people have been eating, or attempting to eat, dry turkey all their born days with no idea that turkey can be moist and succulent. Use my method for Upside Down, Inside, Outside Turkey and dry turkey will never plague you again.


  • 1 whole turkey You pick the size. I've cooked everything from 12 pounds to 22 pounds
  • olive oil
  • 4-1-1 seasoning
  • 2 apples I used Granny Smith's
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 medium sweet onions
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • several sprigs of parsley
  • several sprigs of sage


  • Remove giblet bag, neck and pop-up thermometer. Wash and pat dry turkey. Give him a good rub down with olive oil. Season generously with 4-1-1. Don't forget the cavity.
  • Here's the cast of characters for inside and outside: apples, celery, carrots, garlic, onion, lemon, parsley and sage.
  • Don't even worry about peeling, trimming or coring. Just wash everybody good. Cut everything into three or four pieces except garlic. Cut the top off the garlic bulb.
  • If you want to make giblet gravy, reserve a piece of everything to make the stock for the gravy.
  • Put roughly 2/3 of the fruits and vegetables and some of the herbs in the bottom of the oven bag. I used Reynolds Oven Bags Turkey Size.
  • Stuff the inside the cavity with the as many of the fruits, veggies and herbs that you can cram into it. Truss the legs. This turkey was a Publix brand and it came with a plastic thing-a-ma-jig attached to it that is so much easier to work with than cord.
  • Turn the bird upside down and place in the oven bag. Sprinkle some parsley and sage leaves on top.
  • Tie up the bag and place several slits in the top. Cook according to the directions that come with the oven bag. This was a 13 pound turkey that I cooked at 350 for 2 1/2 hours. Follow the recommended cook times from the oven bag manufacturer. Remove from oven and let it sit in the bag for 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy your juicy turkey! I've taught many people how to cook a turkey this way. They tell me this will be the way they cook turkeys from now on.
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