Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bacon Wrapped Herb Roasted Turkey

Bacon Wrapped Herb Roasted Turkey takes dinner to a whole new level with this amazing recipe.  The bacon becomes a crisp and delicious layer of flavor in this show stopping dish. You will enjoy a moist and tender herb roasted turkey unlike anything you have ever eaten!!! 

We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Jones Dairy Farm to bring you the most amazing turkey ever. How do you take your turkey to the next level? Easy you incorporate one of my favorite ingredients: Bacon!!!

This is the most amazing turkey I have ever eaten. Ever! Imagine the most flavorful herb roasted turkey you have ever eaten, wrapped in bacon and cooked to perfection. It all ends with an amazingly crisp bacon coating on top of moist, tender and flavorful turkey. The bacon and herbs infuse into the turkey to create this sumptuous, glorious turkey that is utterly life changing.

I have been enjoying my prized herb roasted turkey for years. It is simply made with an amazing blend of herbs and butter that is slathered all over the turkey and under the skin. It comes out of the oven perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful. You might even think that it couldn't possibly get any better.

Until, we are in the middle of our Bacon Spectacular Thanksgiving celebration with Cheesy Bacon Green Bean CasseroleSlow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole, Traditional Bacon and Sausage Herb Stuffing, and Sausage, Cranberry and Apple Stuffing (which technically has sausage in it but it is the best stuffing ever!!!)... What could possibly complete this amazing menu?

Oh yes, that's right a bacon wrapped turkey!!! It is as amazing as it looks. Check out the recipe for some fantastic tips to make the bacon wrapping super easy.

I will let you all know that you can pick up Jones Dairy Farm products at your local retailer. The company’s products are distributed nationwide, so be sure to check out their product locator to see where you can pick some up. If you’re looking for the breakfast sausage, it’s in the freezer section!


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Yield: 12
Author: Donna Elick
Bacon Wrapped Herb Roasted Turkey

Bacon Wrapped Herb Roasted Turkey

Bacon Wrapped Herb Roasted Turkey takes dinner to a whole new level with this amazing recipe. The bacon becomes a crisp and delicious layer of flavor in this show stopping dish. You will enjoy a moist and tender herb roasted turkey unlike anything you have ever eaten!!!
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 3 HourTotal time: 3 H & 30 M


  • 1 (12-14 pound) whole turkey, defrosted
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened​
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2-2 pounds Jones Dairy Farm Dry Aged Bacon
  • 2 cups water


  1. Take turkey out of refrigerator about 30 minutes to 1 hour before roasting.
  2. Prepare turkey by removing neck and giblets. Wash turkey inside and out in cold water; check for and remove any pin feathers. Pat entire turkey dry with paper towels. Set turkey on rack in large roasting pan. Tuck wings under turkey so they do not burn. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  4. In small bowl, use a fork to combine butter, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Starting at cavity opening, carefully slide hand under skin to separate skin from breast. Work hand as far up to the neck as possible, being careful not to tear skin.
  6. Add about 1/3 of butter mixture under skin then rub turkey on top of skin to massage butter around under skin. Coat turkey with remaining herb butter, being sure to get a good coating to help hold bacon in place.
  7. One slice at a time, begin wrapping turkey in bacon. To help, pull bacon first to stretch it out just a little. Starting with drumsticks, begin at small end and carefully wrap bacon around, making sure to note wrap too tightly so it does not pull away when it cooks. Start next piece where last piece left off, overlapping a little to help pieces stay together. Wrap bacon over wings, then tie legs together with kitchen twine.
  8. To cover turkey breast, on a piece of parchment paper, vertically lay out 6 pieces of bacon next to each other, touching but not overlapping, to create a rectangle. Gently pull ends of bacon to stretch it out a little, without tearing it. Place a piece of bacon horizontally across rectangle, tuck it under the first slice, over the second, under the third and so on until it is woven under every other slice. Continue to gently tug at bacon to stretch it as you go. Repeat with remaining slices of bacon, alternating each slice until there is a tight square.
  9. Align bacon square so it will lay over turkey breast in a triangle. Flip parchment paper over turkey breast to lay bacon on top; adjust as necessary for full coverage. Pour water into pan.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes to crisp bacon. Reduce oven to 325°F and continue baking for 2-2 1/2 hours or until internal temperature in thickest part of thigh reads 165°F or more. Allow turkey to rest for 15-30 minutes before carving it.
  11. To carve, run knife in sawing motion to cut bacon first and then slice turkey. Or remove bacon from turkey and serve together. Serve and enjoy!
  1. To make the best gravy, use drippings. It will create a bacon herb gravy.
  2. Defrosting turkey in refrigerator takes about 5 hours per pound, or about 3 days for a 12-14 pound turkey.
  3. Before you put turkey in oven, make sure you have added water and tucked the wings.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with Jones Dairy Farm.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. 


  1. Oh my, it doesn't get much better than a Bacon Wrapped Turkey! Thanks for another great recipe, Donna!

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 14, 2017 at 6:56 AM

      Thank you Deb! Enjoy!

  2. Does the turkey skin get crisp tho?

    1. It is browned, but not crisp. The bacon is crisp though.

  3. I want to try this, I saw sunny Anderson on the kitchen do this. I might try it on Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianNovember 17, 2017 at 10:07 AM

      Enjoy and let us know how it goes!


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