Start with one pound unsalted butter at room temperature and 1/4 oz each of oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme
Prepare all the spices by chopping them. Mix with the butter.
Place in a 1-gallon zip lock, form into a log, seal and freeze overnight.
Combine 2 tablespoon of peppercorns and allspice and crush coarsely.
Combine 8 qts of liquid. 2 qts should be apple cider or juice along with 6 qts water, 1 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup sugar, the crushed peppercorn and allspice, 6 slices (or 2 teaspoons ginger powder) and 8 whole cloves. Boil for 10 minutes.
Allow liquid to cool completely
Clean and place turkey in brining container (I love big plastic bags, the Ziplocs are great)
Add three oranges, quartered and water/ice to cover the turkey. Seal and store in a cold location for 12-24 hours.
Day #2 Feast Day. Start with preheating oven to 425. Remove turkey from brine and rinse under running water.
Remove the herb butter from the freezer and cut into 1/2 inch slices with a large chef knife.
Make large “pockets” over the breast of your bird. Stuff the pockets with the herb butter. Use toothpicks to close the pockets.
Stuff the bird with two quartered apples and one large onion chopped into 1/8 chunks.
Tuck the tips of the wings under the bird. Place a couple of cut carrots and a couple of celery stalks cut up around the bird. Add some sage and thyme around and into the bird.
Smear the bird with about one stick of butter.
Combine 3/4 pound of butter with one bottle of sweeter white wine in a pan. Heat until butter is melted.
Use a piece of cheesecloth that is big enough to cover the bird. Soak in the wine butter mixture.
Cover the bird with the cheesecloth. Place bird in the oven.
After 30 minutes. Baste the cheesecloth with more of the wine/butter solution. TURN OVEN DOWN TO 350.
Continue to baste every 30 minutes until internal temp of the breast is 140 (about 2 1/2 hour depending on bird size). Remove cover and continue to cook (with basting every 30 minutes or so) until internal temp of 165 in the breast and 180 in the thigh.
Remove from oven and place on cutting board and tent with foil for 20- 30 minutes.