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Thanksgiving Wood-Fired Turkey Recipe

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Bacon Wrapped Wood-Fired Oven Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is about sharing a meal and giving thanks. Your wood-fired oven is the ideal solution for making the perfect turkey. This simple yet delicious recipe is definitely worth trying.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving.


  • 1 whole turkey (neck and giblets removed) defrosted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 pounds of thick-cut bacon
  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 granny smith apple, cut into 1/4
  • 1 onion peeled, cut into 1/4


  1. Line the roasting tray with aluminum foil. Ensure that it is long enough to wrap over the turkey.
  2. Season turkey with salt and black pepper.
  3. For the rub,mix the butter, maple syrup and herbs together. Rub down the turkey with the mixture.
  4. Stuff the turkey with the onion and apple.
  5. Wrap the turkey with bacon, overlap strips to seal in the moisture. Ensure the entire turkey is covered.
  6. Pour water to cover the bottom of the roasting tray.
  7. Regulate your wood-fired oven to a temperature of 500-600 F degrees.
  8. Brown the outside skin of the turkey for 15 minutes uncovered.
  9. Cover the entire turkey with the aluminum foil and allow to cook for +/- 4 hours. (this is dependent on the size of the turkey)
  10. Stick a probe into the thickest part of the turkey to measure the temperature and ensure the turkey is cooked to perfection.
  11. Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.


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