Bacon Wrapped Turkey

Bob wanted to try Bacon Wrapped Turkey this year so he was in charge of the bird and did a great job.  We bought an 18 pound Butterball turkey; first he brushed it with melted butter, salted it and then covered it with about 2 packages of bacon.

He put it in a 450 degree oven for about 25 minutes then dropped the temperature down to 260 degrees for about an hour and a half and then finally ramped it back up to 325 for the last 3 hours.  We think the turkey was actually done before that last 3 hours because when we got home from seeing “The Muppets” (so funny, maybe the funniest movie I’ve ever seen!), the turkey was at 180 degrees at the thigh and it should be about 165 to be done.  Here it is right out of the oven:

It was delicious but to be honest I couldn’t really tell that it had been wrapped in bacon.  It tasted great but not like bacon so I don’t know if it was worth the extra effort.  Gobble, gobble!

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