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View Poll Results: How Do You Cook YOUR Bird?
In the Oven 28 75.68%
Charcoal Grill 2 5.41%
Gas Grill 0 0%
Deep Pit 0 0%
Deep Fry - Oil or No-Oil 5 13.51%
Smoked 0 0%
Other 2 5.41%
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How Do YOU Cook Your Thanksgiving Bird?

Simple question, simple response.

My family has ALWAYS cooked ours on a standard Weber charcoal grill. Sadly, it's caused me to stick my nose up at oven-cooked birds in a sort of self-entitled kind of way.

I am also a fan of deep pit and deep fried birds, but when given the choice, will take a grilled bird ten times out of ten.
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Have only ever had a turkey out of the oven. Need to try it out of the others sometime
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i have tried turkeys a dozen different ways, charcoal is the best for flavor.

i also like them fried in peanut oil, injected with a creole butter sauce and my own mix of spices.


for the last 10 years i have been frying turkeys for my mom on Thanksgiving, this year i am in a new home and will be cooking a turkey for the first time in an oven. i am thinking of flavor injecting (no salt) with a custom made butter and indian spice flavoring, but still cooking in the oven.

i never bought a turkey either, so when they asked me how large i wanted, i asked them what is the size range. i could order, in 2lb incriments, an 11lb turkey all the way to a 36lb turkey. i went right in the middle and ordered a 22-24lb bird.

but, 36 freaking pounds!! what the hell are they feeding these things?
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We cook our bird in the oven. I have had deep fried turkey before which tastes great but the safest way for us is the old fashioned oven!
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Thanksgiving is always at someone else's house, so I go with what's there.
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i have tried turkeys a dozen different ways, charcoal is the best for flavor.

i also like them fried in peanut oil, injected with a creole butter sauce and my own mix of spices.

for the last 10 years i have been frying turkeys for my mom on Thanksgiving, this year i am in a new home and will be cooking a turkey for the first time in an oven. i am thinking of flavor injecting (no salt) with a custom made butter and indian spice flavoring, but still cooking in the oven.

i never bought a turkey either, so when they asked me how large i wanted, i asked them what is the size range. i could order, in 2lb incriments, an 11lb turkey all the way to a 36lb turkey. i went right in the middle and ordered a 22-24lb bird.

but, 36 freaking pounds!! what the hell are they feeding these things?
Ha ha ha. Yeah, the biggest size we can fit on our Weber that will allow the lid to close is 20 pounds, which is still quite large. We typically cook a 16-lb bird. Takes roughly 15 minutes per pound, and feeds 12-16 quite easily.

I really want to try submerging mine in seasoned ice water overnight so the spices have the opportunity to soak through the meat, and not simply sit on top of it. I like to put whole garlic cloves between the skin and breast, and then rub that outside with Johnny's Seasoning. I'll then layer the top of the whole bird with a pound or two of bacon.

Looks like this (yes, this is my bird):


Man, I love bbq'd turkey.

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I braise that bird!
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How much would I have to pay you to make me a bacon covered, smoked turkey?
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How much would I have to pay you to make me a bacon covered, smoked turkey?
I'd be HONORED to send you a bacon covered smoked bird. Sadly, it wouldn't be warm by the time it got there.

I would however be happy to send you the cooking instructions, if you own a standard Weber.
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I don't eat Turkey.
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