7 Different Ways to Cook Turkey for Thanksgiving

By November 16, 2016March 20th, 2017Events, Fall, Thanksgiving
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Although it seems that most of the shopping stores have moved on to Christmas, Thanksgiving is coming near! Cooking a turkey can seem like a big job, and it definitely can be. But there are more than one way to cook a turkey and wow your family and friends! We have stumbled upon 7 delicious ways to cook a turkey, all with different skill level, time commitment, and ingredient lists. Under each method we have then provided links to different recipes that we have found! Check them out and then let us know how they turned out!

Deep Fried


This is going to probably be by far the most dangerous way to cook a turkey. You’ll be lifting at 10 pound bird in and out of gallons of hot oil which is spattering all over the place. This is a fairly newer way to cook a turkey but is becoming more and more popular. You can buy a backyard turkey fryer for about $40 to $80 to get you started. This method will take about 45 minutes of cook time for the turkey.

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Here is another outside cooking method but one that may be a little safer. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and then place that on the metal grate. Cook time for the grill is going to be about 2 to 3 hours.

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If you decide to smoke your turkey, then you’ll save time by not stuffing it. You just brush the skin with some vegetable oil and then place the turkey on the cooking rack in your smoker. Cook time for the smoker is about 8 to 12 hours.

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Beer Can Cook a Turkey


This can be done in the oven, or on the grill or smoker. Take a beer, drink 1/3 of it and then place it upright in a large roasting pan. Next, you will place the bird down on the beer can, legs down and make sure that it is stable. Cooking time for this will vary depending on the recipe and method that you choose.

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If you really want to get fancy you can always stuff a bird within a bird within another bird! Wikipedia describes the dish as “a dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, further stuffed into a deboned turkey.” Apparently you can buy this already prepared from places especially down south. Or you can even order it online at turducken.com, they’ll ship it to anywhere in the US. But if you want to make it yourself, it’ll earn you some serious bragging rights.

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Crock Pot


The Crock Pot way is always the easiest way to cook anything, turkey is no exception. Consisting of throwing the turkey in the slow cooker with some soup mix and then waiting for a cook time of 8 hours.

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Bacon Wrapped


Its just as it sounds, delicious! Best way to cook this method is in the oven. Its actually a pretty easy method, but a little more time consuming. You will prepare the turkey and then weave on a “jacket” of bacon around the turkey. This method will take about 4 hours of cook time.


So there you have it! You are now equipped with plenty of ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner this year, Good Luck!

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