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Clever Ways To Cook a Truly Tasty Turkey

Clever Ways To Cook a Truly Tasty Turkey

If you want a flavorful Thanksgiving turkey, try these foolproof tips

If you’re cooking for a large group, try roasting two small turkeys (instead of one large one). Smaller turkeys will roast more evenly and will be easier to brine or marinate.

Two Turkeys are Better Than One

If you’re cooking for a large group, try roasting two small turkeys (instead of one large one). Smaller turkeys will roast more evenly and will be easier to brine or marinate.

Choose Your Bird Carefully

If you have the option of buying a fresh turkey from a local producer or farm, do it; you’ll start with a bird that is inherently more flavorful. Freezing a turkey impacts its flavor and texture, so skip the grocery store turkey if possible.

Consider Brining

Whether you immerse your turkey into a salt-water solution or simply rub it with salt, the addition of salt will help make the turkey moist and flavorful (salt draws the juices out of the turkey and then allows them to be reabsorbed along with the flavorings you have added).

Try a Marinade

If you’re not brining your turkey, try marinating instead; marinades add a ton of flavor to meat. Plus, some of their ingredients can help break down the proteins in the meat, making it tender. Our favorite way to marinate turkey this Thanksgiving? Bibigo Korean BBQ sauces.

Choose the Right Pan

A heavy-duty pan with a stainless-steel finish is a great choice for roasting a turkey. Though a non-stick pan can mean easy cleanup, its dark color can cause the bird to brown too quickly.

Try Not to Truss

Tying turkey legs up against the side of its body makes for an attractive presentation, but it also makes for a potentially overcooked breast. A trussed turkey takes longer to roast, which makes it more likely that the breast meat will dry out. If you must truss, truss loosely.

Flip the Turkey

Though it sounds crazy, place the turkey upside-down in the roasting pan; it helps the turkey’s natural juices flow toward the breast meat (which cooks more quickly and is prone to drying out). After the first hour of roasting, flip the turkey right-side-up (be sure to protect your hands from the heat and not splash any pan juices around) and continue roasting until the breast reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the thigh reaches an internal temperature of 175 degrees.

Let it Rest

As with any roast, let the turkey rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving and serving to allow the juices to redistribute themselves throughout the meat. That way, when you carve the turkey you won’t lose as many juices.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


10 alternative ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey

There's more than one way to cook your holiday bird.

Credit: Getty Images / Shaiith

Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

Fires need stoking, potatoes need mashing, pies need baking, football needs watching, and turkey needs. well, what does a turkey need? Roasting? Grilling? Smoking? Spatchcocking? Deep-frying?

The truth is, there are too many ways to cook a turkey, and they all sound delicious. except for maybe boiling. We'll skip that one.

If you're in the mood to try something new this year, why not break out the deep fryer and have your turkey crispy? Or, if you're looking for that elusive uniform doneness, try the sous-vide method. Even if you're set on going with a traditional roasted bird, you should at least take a gander at these novel alternative methods for cooking a turkey.


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