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    How do you prepare your turkey?

    So I am doing the turkey this year. Which I like to do, but I have done the whole throw it in the oven thing... it was just meh...

    I will still cook in oven
    I am going to brine it the night before

    Should I stuff it?
    Any other tips?

    I'm not a big turkey fryer guy or grill guy, you guys can talk about it but I want more of the oven advice...



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Last year was my first year frying (& also first year of me doing the turkey rather than my mom or some other female relative). Everyone loved it. Definitely will be frying them each year now. I used cajun dry rub last year & will probably do the same again. I'm adding some injected marinade this time.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    You gotta smoke that bird!



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    I eat chicken on Thanksgiving, don't judge


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    We cook it upside down for several hours to get the white meat juicy, then cook it right side up for the last hour or two to get the skin crispy.

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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    My grandma does it.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneluke80 View Post
    So I am doing the turkey this year. Which I like to do, but I have done the whole throw it in the oven thing... it was just meh...

    I will still cook in oven
    I am going to brine it the night before

    Should I stuff it?
    Any other tips?

    I'm not a big turkey fryer guy or grill guy, you guys can talk about it but I want more of the oven advice...
    I'm still a novice (roughly five years as turkey-maker) and I typically go by the book, too, but a couple of things that have worked for me:

    *If you aren't cooking the stuffing inside the bird, put some chopped onion & garlic in the cavity.
    *Put turkey in oven, then mix a bloody mary.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    We cook it upside down for several hours to get the white meat juicy, then cook it right side up for the last hour or two to get the skin crispy.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneluke80 View Post
    So I am doing the turkey this year. Which I like to do, but I have done the whole throw it in the oven thing... it was just meh...

    I will still cook in oven
    I am going to brine it the night before

    Should I stuff it?
    Any other tips?

    I'm not a big turkey fryer guy or grill guy, you guys can talk about it but I want more of the oven advice...
    Here's all you need to know.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    We cover the bird in bacon before we put it in the oven.


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    The first thing I do is my wife tells me what kind of turkey she bought. Then around 9:00 or so on Thanksgiving I wake up and my wife tells me that the turkey is in the oven. Then when she tells me to I take the turkey out of the oven. Then we eat the turkey. Anything that happens inbetween those steps is anyone's best guess.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    The first thing I do is my wife tells me what kind of turkey she bought. Then around 9:00 or so on Thanksgiving I wake up and my wife tells me that the turkey is in the oven. Then when she tells me to I take the turkey out of the oven. Then we eat the turkey. Anything that happens inbetween those steps is anyone's best guess.
    I'm glad you've effectively established roles.


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    Quote Originally Posted by letsCYber View Post
    I'm glad you've effectively established roles.
    It's not that I expect her to do it, it's that she knows I'm incapable of doing it. But it all works out the same in the end.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Stuff and put in a cooking bag. Cooking bags are one of the best things that ever happen to preparing Turkey.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deanster View Post
    You gotta smoke that bird!
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    Inject it with creole butter, liberally apply a spice rub, smoke it for12 hours with hickory chips.


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