How do you prepare your turkey?

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  1. cloneluke80

    cloneluke80 Well-Known Member

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    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...
     
  2. ianoconnor

    ianoconnor Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. Deanster

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    You gotta smoke that bird!
     
  4. stormchaser2014

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    I eat chicken on Thanksgiving, don't judge
     
  5. jdoggivjc

    jdoggivjc Well-Known Member

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    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.

    Communist...
     
  6. Rabbuk

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    My grandma does it.
     
  7. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  8. stormchaser2014

    stormchaser2014 Well-Known Member

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    Chicken is still a bird
     
  9. letsCYber

    letsCYber Well-Known Member

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    Here's all you need to know.

    [video=youtube;HcpjP8vHLKY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcpjP8vHLKY[/video]
     
  10. timappelgate

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    We cover the bird in bacon before we put it in the oven.
     
  11. 3TrueFans

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    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.
     
  12. letsCYber

    letsCYber Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad you've effectively established roles.
     
  13. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  14. Bobber

    Bobber Well-Known Member

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

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    this.

    Inject it with creole butter, liberally apply a spice rub, smoke it for12 hours with hickory chips.
     
  16. 19210

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    Seems like we never have enough for leftovers so this year I decided to try out Famous Daves. They will do a cherry wood smoked turkey for like $40 (12-14 lbs). So I'll be picking that one up and then the ladies will do one with just the breasts because they don't like the dark meat. Darn racists! :wideeyed:
     
  17. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

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    I've heard of that ... considering giving it a try this year. Sounds enticing. I'm curious if it's noticeably better than going more generic.
     
  18. ken

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    This. It's the most fool proof way to make a perfect bird. Put a little flour in the bag along with some onion and celery. Butter the bird, and stuff it. Place in bag and cook until popup timer pops. Use the juice for some killer gravy.
     
  19. twojman

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    After the turkey is cleaned up I put a bit of oil and butter on it. I then put on just a bit of garlic, some black pepper, oregano and parsley. Next I put the turkey inside a bag and pour beer in the bag, probably about a half a can and drink the rest. About every 30 minutes I check to make sure it is cooking well and add a bit more beer. All told I probably end up with 1.5 beers poured over and around the turkey and it is ALWAYS juicy and falls right off the bone.

    I usually do this every year for our friends when we gather. We all agree it is the best turkey ever and generally cannot eat the turkey at our family gatherings.
     
  20. Wesley

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    Sounds like she is a keeper.
     

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