4 Ways to Cook Your Turkey!
For most of us, a classic roasted turkey is the traditional centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table. If you’re looking to get creative with preparing your holiday bird this year, here are a few methods to try.
1. Slow Cooker
For a guaranteed moist bird and nearly effortless preparation, cook a whole bird in your slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your turkey. First, be sure the turkey you want to purchase will fit in your slow cooker, then enjoy this tasty low-maintenance method. This technique is also perfect for cooking turkey breast for a smaller gathering.
Prepare a tender, flavorful turkey by smoking it in your oven or a smoker. Add aromatic woodchips such as apple, peach, cherry or oak. Plan for about 30 to 40 minutes per pound when using this method.
A technique ensuring even cooking, spatchcocking involves butterflying the bird, removing the spine, and then completely flattening the turkey. The flatter the turkey, the crispier the skin will be. Roast your spatchcocked turkey on a rimmed baking pan in the oven until it reaches 165°.
Taking less time than a traditional oven-roasted turkey, deep-frying your bird frees up oven space for other holiday favorites and gives you a flavorful, juicy entrée with crispy skin. You’ll need a large aluminum fryer pot and a propane burner for this technique (find tips and safety precautions on page 5). Fry your turkey for approximately 3½ minutes per pound (about 40 to 50 minutes for a 12- to 14-pound turkey).