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thanksgiving turkey

Confit-Style Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Written by: Savor Beauty



Time to read 1 min


  • Turkey thighs with bone-in (or turkey drumsticks)
  • Coarse Kosher salt (quantity to taste)
  • Duck fat (enough to cover the turkey pieces in the pan)
  • Fresh rosemary branches
  • Garlic cloves
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Potatoes and stuffing for sides


Curing the Turkey (Day Before)

  • Generously sprinkle coarse Kosher salt on the turkey pieces.
  • Place salted turkey in a container, cover it, and refrigerate overnight to cure.

Prepping the Cured Turkey (Next Day)

  • Rinse all the salt off the turkey parts thoroughly under cold water.
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Arrange the turkey pieces in a large oven roasting pan.
turkey in duck fat
prepping turkey

Cooking the Turkey

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 degrees Celsius).
  • Cover the turkey with rendered duck fat. One or two containers should suffice, depending on the size of your pan and the amount of turkey.
  • Add a few branches of rosemary, whole garlic cloves, and season with black pepper to taste.
  • Cook in the preheated oven for 6-8 hours. The low temperature allows the turkey meat to become tender and fall off the bone.

Finishing the Turkey

  • Carefully remove the turkey from the duck fat, being gentle to keep the meat intact.
  • If the skin isn't crispy, consider finishing the turkey pieces skin-side down in a pan over high heat to crisp up the skin.
turkey dinner


  • Ensure the potatoes and stuffing, and any other sides, are prepared to accompany your turkey.
  • Serve the turkey hot and enjoy!

Reminder: Adjust the seasoning to your preference, and ensure you have enough duck fat to cover the turkey pieces for the best results. 

Recipe by Marc Stedman.