What Is The Tastiest Way To Cook A Turkey? [Poll]
Thanksgiving is just days away. It's time to get your turkey and all of the ingredients for the side dishes.
Then there's a big decision to be made...how to cook your turkey.
What is the tastiest way to cook a turkey?
The options for cooking a turkey seem to be limitless: bags, beer cans, deep fryers, and smokers all get put to use over Thanksgiving. Here are some thoughts about a few different methods:
Fans love the added flavor smoking adds, but cooking times are longer. Whatscookingamerica.net says:
The absolute first step in cooking a turkey on a smoker is to pick out a bird (turkey) that is not the biggest one you can find. The main reason for a smaller bird, 10 to 14 pound maximum, is the time limitations usually involved. It takes between 6 and 8 hours to smoke a 12 pound turkey and the bigger they get, the longer they take.
Deep fried turkey can be delicious, but care must be used to do it safely. Butterball.com has some tips:
- It is best to deep-fry a turkey that is less than 14 pounds. If you are frying a turkey over 15 pounds, make sure to separate the leg and thigh pieces from the breast and fry them separately.
- Be sure your turkey is completely thawed.
- Remove any excess fat.
- Do not stuff your turkey when deep-frying. Cook the stuffing separately in the oven.
What we call roasting isn't really roasting in the classical sense — it's baking. There's no direct heat source, no turning on a spit, just constant dry heat murdering the bird a second time. Generally, the lowest possible temperature you can get away with is best, with a quick flash of heat at the start to get the browning going. The most important thing to know about roasting poultry is this: get it to stand up. When birds are positioned upright on their haunches, they cook evenly, and even baste themselves to some extent.
OVEN (IN A BAG)
Fans say oven bags are the best option when a tender, juicy turkey is desired. No basting is needed. Bags can make clean up quicker too.
So many options. I like using a bag the best. It's simple and delicious. That's a good combination when making turkey for a big Thanksgiving meal.