No one but those who know ever believe I can cook. Everyone loved the turkey. They said it the moistest turkey they ever ate. They asked how I did that. I soaked it (the whole turkey) in butter and vegetable oil for two hours and then basted it with six spices: garlic powder, saffron, paprika, nutmeg, salt and pepper. And after it was done cooking, I put a thin watered down solution of lime on it.
They loved it. 17 pound turkey, 3 hours to cook. Prep took about 3 hours, so about 6 hours total.
When it was cut, it sliced right through with ease. No "carving".
Next year I am going to attempt breaded fried turkey, like fried chicken.