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#4579802 - 11/20/17 07:30 AM How do you prepare your turkey?
ZZman Offline


Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5786
Loc: Michigan
Baked? Fried? Stuffed? In a bag?
Fresh? Frozen?

Give up your secrets people!
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#4579804 - 11/20/17 07:38 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Secrets? I order a few pieces of roasted turkey from a local family-owned grocery store. We eat so little of it so that it just does not make sense to make a whole one at home and then try to find space for leftovers. smile

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#4579810 - 11/20/17 07:46 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11959
Loc: NH
Wife has been getting a locally grown turkey last couple of years. Smaller so it takes less time to cook. Roasted in the oven.

Family member does deep fry, and that comes out pretty good.
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#4579812 - 11/20/17 07:47 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20457
Loc: Upstate NY
Let wife do it.
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#4579821 - 11/20/17 08:01 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
Oldtom Offline


Registered: 07/05/14
Posts: 329
Loc: Cecil County Maryland
My wife found an electric roaster on Ebay. It looks like a blue steel roasting pan with temp control and heating element. The roaster was about 30 dollars and works amazingly well. We have done several turkeys and roasts in it. As far as he actual turkey: Buy a good turkey from a local farmer, cook without stuffing, rub with butter before roasting, use a meat thermometer for food safety. ENJOY

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#4579830 - 11/20/17 08:19 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
bubbatime Offline


Registered: 03/18/08
Posts: 5622
Loc: South Florida
Wife insisted that we fry a turkey this year with a turkey fryer. We roasted one in the oven as well, in a bag. Both came out perfect. Most important part is having a high quality digital thermometer to gauge doneness.
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#4579832 - 11/20/17 08:22 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
TOMJ Offline


Registered: 05/17/12
Posts: 82
Loc: Marietta, GA
We usually do frozen turkeys. I shoot it up with injectable marinade and put it on the smoker.
I've fried a turkey a couple of times but that can get expensive. It usually takes about $35.00 worth of oil.
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#4579845 - 11/20/17 08:36 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 11970
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
Turkey - bahh!
overrated big bird.

Cajun meatloaf. Now that's good.
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#4579851 - 11/20/17 08:45 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
^^^I'd like to know more about that!^^^^
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#4579862 - 11/20/17 09:05 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
InhalingBullets Offline


Registered: 08/07/12
Posts: 533
Loc: TEXAS
The most important thing to do to a turkey to make it the best tasting is to BRINE it! I do about a dozen or so turkeys this time of the year for family and friends and they keep coming back for more. A brine is simple to do.

[url=http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/alton-browns-brined-turkey-443177][/url]

Protip: use a food grade 5 gallon bucket to brine in, they are cheap and less mess.
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#4579867 - 11/20/17 09:10 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
UncleDave Offline


Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 1636
Loc: Ca.
Half the time we bake half fry. Either way the secret as has been told here is to brine it.

When we go to the desert and have thanksgiving out there - we fry them.

I put them in an ice chest inside a brining bag for at least a day.


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#4579878 - 11/20/17 09:27 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
funflyer Offline


Registered: 06/26/14
Posts: 692
Loc: Northern Arizona
Last year, or maybe the year before, I made two 6 pound young turkeys on our pellet grill. Used applewood rub and cooked them over a beer can half filled with chicken bullion and apple juice. Those were the absolute best, juiciest turkeys we ever had at Thanksgiving.


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#4579888 - 11/20/17 09:44 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: InhalingBullets]
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Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4289
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Originally Posted By: InhalingBullets
The most important thing to do to a turkey to make it the best tasting is to BRINE it! I do about a dozen or so turkeys this time of the year for family and friends and they keep coming back for more. A brine is simple to do.

[url=http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/alton-browns-brined-turkey-443177][/url]

Protip: use a food grade 5 gallon bucket to brine in, they are cheap and less mess.





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#4579890 - 11/20/17 09:46 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
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Registered: 03/04/17
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Save up some bacon grease beforehand and smear that all over the bird before roasting. Bacon makes everything taste better.
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#4579894 - 11/20/17 09:48 AM Re: How do you prepare your turkey? [Re: ZZman]
Alfred_B Offline


Registered: 05/12/15
Posts: 1968
Loc: America
Before we went plant based, I used to smoke our turkey. Not very pleasant to get up when it's still dark and start the process.

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