This recipe is a spectacular way to prepare turkey for a special occasion. Top the turkey with bacon before roasting to produce a  flavorful and juicy turkey.

Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 3 hours


1 (11-lb.) turkey
1 large red onion, cut into large wedges
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch rosemary 
1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 lb. bacon


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Rinse turkey under cold water then pat dry with paper towels. Stuff cavity with onion, thyme, and rosemary then tie legs together and tuck wings in. 
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter and seasonings. Brush turkey all over with butter mixture. 
  3. Place turkey in a roasting pan. Place strips of bacon on turkey and weave together. 
  4. Bake for 3 hours, or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165°. Check after 2 hours and cover with foil if bacon gets too dark. Or, for a less crispy turkey sink, hold off until 45 minutes before the turkey is done to put the bacon on.

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