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How long do you rest your turkey?

bwor Posts: 14
I was watching a Christmas special with Gordan Ramsey a few years ago and he said to rest the turkey for as long as you cook it.  That probably works well with a 12-15 pound bird, but when cooking at 20+ bird at 5+ hours, does it make sense to rest it that long?

How long do you rest it?

Asking selfishly as I am trying to decide what time I want to fire up my egg Thursday morning (I typically am up at 1-2a getting it ready).


  • Hans61
    Hans61 Posts: 3,901
    Half hour-ish usually fine :-) 
    “There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body.”
    Coach Finstock Teen Wolf
  • Mickey
    Mickey Posts: 19,676
    20 mins or so
    Salado TX & 30A  FL: Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). Plus a couple Pit Boss Pellet Smokers.   

  • littlerascal56
    Rest it 20 minutes, then glove up and carve.  Goes to the table carved and ready to eat, and is quickly devoured by all.
  • northGAcock
    northGAcock Posts: 15,167
    My turkey is ready to go with no rest at all.
    Ellijay GA with a Medium & MiniMax

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • JohnEggGio
    JohnEggGio Posts: 1,430
    Just sayin’... “The Kitchen” today said 1-2 hours.
    Maryland, 1 LBGE
  • littlerascal56
    All the food is devoured in the first hour.  After that, most of the guests are “cometost” and taking naps from the triptofan in in the bird!  No time for the turkey to rest.