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How To Cook The Perfect Turkey Upside Down In A Bag

Upside Down Brown Bag Turkey Recipe by KatieJos Cookpad from Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to...

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Upside Down Brown Bag Turkey Recipe by KatieJos Cookpad from

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about the main dish: the turkey. Whether you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner or you’ve been cooking turkey for years, there is always a way to make it better. Here’s a new way to cook the perfect turkey that is sure to be a hit: cooking it upside down in a bag.

Why Cook a Turkey Upside Down?

Cooking a turkey upside down in a bag has several benefits that make it ideal for the Thanksgiving feast. The skin on the top of the bird is kept moist and flavorful, while the underside, which can often be a bit dry, will remain juicy and tender. Cooking the bird upside down also keeps the breast meat from drying out too quickly. Plus, the juices from the bird will flow down into the bag and help keep the entire bird moist and flavorful.

Ingredients and Supplies Needed

You’ll need a few simple ingredients and supplies to cook a turkey upside down in a bag. You’ll need a large oven bag, a large roasting pan, a roasting rack, a 12-15 pound turkey, butter, salt, pepper, and any herbs or spices you’d like to add. You’ll also need a thermometer to make sure the bird is cooked to the proper temperature.

Getting Ready to Cook

Once you have all the ingredients and supplies, it’s time to get ready to cook. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the oven bag in the roasting pan, and place the roasting rack in the bag. Place the turkey, breast side down, on the rack. Rub the turkey with butter, salt, pepper, and any herbs or spices you want to use. Then, close the bag with the tie that comes with it.

Cooking the Turkey

Place the roasting pan with the turkey in the preheated oven. Cook for about 3 hours, or until the internal temperature of the bird reaches 165 degrees. When the turkey is done, carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven. Let the turkey rest for 30 minutes before you carve it.

Carving the Turkey

When you’re ready to carve the turkey, carefully remove it from the oven bag and place it on a cutting board. You’ll want to carve it in the same way you would a regular turkey, but you’ll want to be careful with the skin as it may be a bit more delicate.


Once the turkey is carved, it’s time to enjoy! Serve it up with all your favorite Thanksgiving sides, and don’t forget to save some leftovers for tomorrow’s sandwiches.


For an extra-juicy turkey, try adding a cup of chicken broth or white wine to the bottom of the roasting pan before you add the turkey.

Table of Data

Ingredients Quantity
Large oven bag 1
Large roasting pan 1
Roasting rack 1
Turkey 12-15 lbs
Butter As desired
Salt As desired
Pepper As desired
Herbs/Spices As desired
Thermometer 1


Cooking a turkey upside down in a bag is a foolproof way to get a juicy, flavorful bird for your Thanksgiving dinner. With the right ingredients and supplies, it’s easy to make the perfect turkey. So this Thanksgiving, why not try something new and give this method a try? You’ll be glad you did! As they say, “If you’ve got it, flip it!”

And while you’re in the kitchen, don’t forget to sing along to some of your favorite Thanksgiving tunes, like “Thanks for the Turkey” by The Turkey Dippers or “Giblet Gravy” by The Cranberry Chorus.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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