This recipe for roast turkey won third place in The 1989 Old Farmer's Almanac Recipe Contest. It was submitted by Susan Wiker of Kinzers, Pennsylvania.
Remove giblets from the turkey. Massage well with the butter, then salt and pepper the turkey. Prepare stuffing as directed below.
In a large pan, melt the butter and cook celery and onions until tender, stirring occasionally. Add the apples and cook for 5 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in bread cubes, water, seasonings, and pecans. Mix well. Stuff the turkey and sew cavity shut with needle and cotton thread. Line the bottom of a roasting pan with half of the strips of salt pork, then place the turkey breast side up in the pan. Place the remaining salt pork over the breast. Place in 450°F oven and cook for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350°F and continue roasting until the turkey is done (juices run clear and legs move easily). Baste frequently with the liquid in the pan; add additional melted butter if necessary.