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Nov. 14, 2011 9:07 am 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2011 5:11 pm
I bought a probe thermometer for the turkey this year.  But just have a couple of questions about using it. I am brining my turkey so let me know if I need to do anything differently using a roaster oven from a regular oven.

  • Maybe I’m just being stupid but was wondering where is the best place to insert the probe in the turkey?  The breast or the thigh? 
  • I am using a Roast Over to keep my reg. oven free for the other stuff.  Do you get an accurate temp if you’re using a probe?
  • What should the internal temp of the turkey be, I read once that you should stop at 170 and the temp will continue to rise to 180 once removed from the oven?

Let me know if you have any other advice that might be helpful.

Nov. 14, 2011 9:28 am
It should be put into the thickest part of the thigh, being sure not to touch the bone. This AR article should be of interest to you.
Nov. 14, 2011 11:50 am
the temp should be taken in two places, according to the USDA, the thigh, and the Brest. the facts are here
Nov. 14, 2011 11:52 am
Brest = breast
Nov. 14, 2011 11:54 am
many times dry turkeys are from over cooking or cooking the bird at a too high of a internal temp.
Nov. 14, 2011 2:14 pm Read Alton's last paragraph in the directions.
Nov. 14, 2011 3:02 pm
I think Alton is relying on Carry over heat for it to reach 165F, and he maybe correct.
Nov. 14, 2011 5:03 pm
Thanks folks!
Nov. 14, 2011 8:13 pm
I have seen were they( cooking folks), roast the bird boob side down so the boobs stay moist. I tried it once, it was fine. Then a couple times I put the bird in a greased up paper bag and roasted in the oven. That worked Really well!.Since I have discovered brineing, as long as it gets cooked, it is Terrific! You never have enough space in the oven so I have been putting the turkey on the bbq outside, works like a charm! And KS, is correct about the 165 temp, you want it cooked but not dried out. Carry over raises it 10 degrees. Fingers crossed:)
Nov. 15, 2011 8:59 am
>> "boob side down" We have done that and plan to do that again this year.
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