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delicious juicy roasted turkey recipe with golden brown skin. Brown bag turkey recipe.

Brown Bag Turkey Recipe

Try a new way to cook your turkey, in a brown paper bag! No basting, brining required just stuff, bake and serve. Your turkey will have beautiful crispy skin but will also be nice and juicy and full of flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 whole Turkey
  • 2 celery stalks roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot roughly chopped
  • ½ yellow onion roughly chopped
  • ½ red apple roughly chopped
  • ½ orange roughly chopped
  • 3-5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Herbs sage, rosemary, thyme


  1. Make sure you have thawed out your turkey. This can take a few days depending how big your bird is.

  2. Remove neck and bag of gizzards etc. Wash your Turkey and pat dry.
  3. Place Turkey in the brown paper bag (like one from the grocery store.
  4. Add a stick of room temperature butter, salt/pepper, and your favorite poultry seasoning and mix well.
  5. Rub turkey down with the butter mixture. Be sure to get everywhere, behind the wings and thighs, breasts and even add some under the skin.
  6. If you are using a digital meat thermometer place it in the turkey now.
  7. Add all your veggies, and fruit to the inside of the turkey. Add herbs and smash a few garlic cloves with a knife and throw inside
  8. Once you have added all your ingredients inside your turkey close bag, fold end and staple shut.
  9. Place bag of turkey on your roasting pan and put in the oven.
  10. Cook at 375 degrees and 13-15 minutes per pound. Temperature of bird should reach 165-170 internal away from the bone.

Recipe Notes

If you have a smaller Turkey you may have to use 1/4 of your apple and orange. If you have a larger turkey you may need more butter and herbs. Use your judgment on what all you can fit inside your turkey.