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How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey #7725080
11/23/22 01:27 PM
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We are cooking a home raised bird this year, he is 28.5 pounds, he will be unstuffed. We have a good meat thermometer, so the bird will come out of the oven when we get 150F, or 155F, and rest for 20 ~ 30 minutes on the counter to reach 165F.

How long should we plan on cooking it, and at what temperature?
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Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725094
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Roughly 5 hours at 325 degrees.
I bought 2 a 16 and 20 pounder for my wife and I.We love turkey and will start with the 20 pounder.And thats for later as we will be eating turkey at one of the kids home.
Tom


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Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725290
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Thanks,


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Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725318
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About 15 to 20 mins a lb unstuffed

Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Bogmaster] #7725331
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Originally Posted by Bogmaster
Roughly 5 hours at 325 degrees.
I bought 2 a 16 and 20 pounder for my wife and I.We love turkey and will start with the 20 pounder.And thats for later as we will be eating turkey at one of the kids home.
Tom


For a 28.5 lb turkey? I don't think so! 7-8 hours.


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Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725356
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Just cooked a 37 pounder last Saturday for our church dinner. Also unstuffed, 2 hours at 325 and 2 hours at 350. Key to a great tasting, moist bird is to cook it then place it in a container with a top so it can steam for at least 1 hour. Bigger birds like your 28 pounder I line a cooler with aluminum foil, place the bird in the cooler, close the lid. Also a great way to transport turkey if you are cooking it at a location not near where you are eating it.
I always brine my turkeys for 36 to 48 hours before cooking.
Simple brine is 1/2 gallon apple cider, 1 1/2 cups Kosher salt, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 3 oranges sliced with peel left on, 1 garlic minced, 1 gallon water.
Bring to hard boil, let cool to room temperature. Add one gallon of ice and the turkey. Rotate turkey every few hours. Again I use a cooler to brine them in.
NOTE: this brine also works fantastic for venison!!

Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725362
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Google it.If I could post a link I would. USDA how long to cook a turkey.Gives exact times for stuffed or unstuffed turkeys.


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Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725364
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I forgot to mention: Do not brine a store bought turkey without reading the label on the turkey first. Most store bought turkeys are injected with sodium and brineing them will over load 'em with salt.

Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: yotetrapper30] #7725387
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Originally Posted by yotetrapper30
Originally Posted by Bogmaster
Roughly 5 hours at 325 degrees.
I bought 2 a 16 and 20 pounder for my wife and I.We love turkey and will start with the 20 pounder.And thats for later as we will be eating turkey at one of the kids home.
Tom


For a 28.5 lb turkey? I don't think so! 7-8 hours.


Yote got it right and no opening the oven before hand
We always had one that big for the family get-togethers with the 40+ cousins. Make sure there is plenty of party-stuffers for a late cooking turkey with big crowds like that.

Re: How long to cook a 28.5 pound turkey [Re: Robert Martin] #7725404
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Also to add, once your turkey is done, if you wrap it in foil and put it in a cooler it will stay warm for hours. Better to start early and keep it warm than have a crowd waiting and a half raw turkey.


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