How do I cook a turkey for Thanksgiving?
How do I cook a turkey for Thanksgiving?

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner and making sure you get it right can be stressful. Not to worry, we have a quick guide for the different methods you can use to bring your turkey to delicious perfection.

 

How to cook a turkey in the oven.

 

Cooking a turkey in the oven:

While cooking in the oven is the traditional method of preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving, we still wanted to provide some tips and guidelines for this approach. Make sure to season the turkey for a flavorful main course.

Cooking Temp: 325℉

Cooking Time: 15 - 20 min/lb

 

How to cook a turkey on the grill.

 

Cooking a turkey on the Grill:

Freeing up over space is always a good idea when preparing for Turkey Day. A great way to do that is to fire-up the grill and bring that turkey to absolute magnificence. Brine the turkey beforehand for enhanced flavor.

Cooking Temp: 225 - 300℉

Cooking Time: 15 - 18 min/lb

 

How to deep fry a turkey.

 

How to Deep Fry A Turkey:

Using the fryer for your turkey is a great way to get crispy skin and juicy meat. While you definitely need to follow the proper steps and not try to fry a frozen bird, the result is truly tasty.

Cooking Temp: 350℉ oil temp

Cooking Time: 3 - 5 min/lb

 

How to smoke a turkey for Thanksgiving.

 

How to Smoke a Turkey:

Smoked turkey is very flavorful and has tender-juicy meat. If you haven't served it for Thanksgiving, your meal is honestly missing out. While it does take longer to get the bird wholly cooked, the results are well worth the wait.

Cooking Temp: 225 - 300℉

Cooking Time: 20 - 30 min/lb

 

Turkey Cooking Tips:

 

1. Take the thawed turkey out of the fridge 1 HOUR before you put it in the over. This allows the turkey to cook more evenly and faster.

2. Remove giblets from the turkey cavities before cooking. Everything but the liver can be used to made an excellent gravy for other dishes.

3. Your turkey will stay moist with or without the legs tied. To tie or not to tie is a personal preference.

 

4. Always plan for an extra hour of cook time to be safe and not leave guests waiting.

5. Cook until internal temperature registers 165℉ with a meat thermometer.

6. Let your turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving to allow juices to set.