Ultimate Thanksgiving: Turkey Recipe Round-Up

Ultimate Thanksgiving: Turkey Recipe Round-Up

It's still early, but we wanted to get this one out there early to give serious Thanksgiving aficionados plan-ahead time. What follows is a swift stroll through the thicket of turkey techniques you'll find on the Web. We'll keep this post updated with new ones we find over the next month (send suggestions to tips@curbly.com or leave them in the comments).

Oh, and be sure to check out all of our Ultimate Thanksgiving posts. Nothing will help make your menu and decor planning easier.

- Serious Eats does a buffalo fried whole turkey, and it looks awesome:

Buffalo fried turkey

Historically Accurate:
It's doubtful the first Thanksgiving included any turkey at all (wild ducks and lobster are more likely), but if it did, the Pilgrims probably would have cooked it over an open fire, or boiled it:

CNN's Turkey on a Spit from 1996.

Tried and True
This section's for 'missionary position' turkeys. There are too many out there to list, but I'll throw down a few I've either tried, or look particularly appealing:

Alton Brown's Roast Turkey Recipe

Is grilling a turkey even unusual anymore? Not to me:

  • Beer-Can Turkey - beer-can-anything is good. Nice step-by-step with pics here
  • The Greatest Grilled Turkey - lots of very good reviews 
  • Turkey Grilling Tips - you're looking at around 3 hours for a whole bird (don't stuff 'em on the grill!)

Grilled turkey

Smoking is grilling at low temps (around 200 degrees), and can be a little dicey with a large bird (salmonella, etc.). Make sure you're careful and get your feathered friend sufficiently hot before you eat him:

  • Smoking a Turkey - estimate 30 minutes per pound (pretty much a whole day for a whole turkey)
  • Smoking Suggestions [Chowhound] - sounds like brining is a must
  • BBQ Smoked Turkey
  • Willie-Bird from Williams-Sonoma - free-range, expensive, but supposedly worth the $76-price

Deep Fried
Speaking of being careful, deep frying a turkey is a deliciously dangerous way to go. But haven't people been doing it this way for ages? What could go wrong? LotsOf. Things.  Stay outdoors, keep the kids away, and be smart:

If it has noodles and "mein" in the title, I'm interested. Here are some recipes you try if you decide it's really not OK to do your Thanksgiving dinner at LeAnn Chin (it isn't?):

Ándale! Arriba! Silliness aside, the Aztecs actually first domesticated the turkey around 2000 years ago, and the bird was a regular part of their diet:

Give thanks Polynesian-style with a pit-roasted bird. It's simple: big pit in the ground, hot rocks at the bottom, fill with coals, dump in a foil-wrapped fowl:

Straight-up, this sounds pretty gross. But then, I'm not a huge fan of wrapping meats in other meats. To each his own, I guess:

Listen, there's no reason to do something like this to a turkey, a duck, or a chicken (or, for that matter, to your family). Also, you shouldn't eat things that have 'turd' in their name. But if you insist on a ridiculous holiday gimmick, here you go:

Gross turducken preparation

Yes, I purposefully chose a gross-looking picture so you'd be turned off of this method.

Sounds bizzare, really just means 'butterflied', and seems to be a trending way of doing turkey this year:

Smoked Wings w/Dr. Pepper sauce

Yes, you are correct, this isn't a section. It's just in here because it includes Dr. Pepper in the sauce. Do I need a better reason?

Smoked Turkey Wings with Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Smoked Wings with BBQ Dr. Pepper Sauce

Sous Vide

Vacuum-sealed food is super-slow-cooked in a water bath at low temperatures (140 degrees or so). In other words, fancy-schmancy turkey:

Sous vide turkey preparation


Soup, silly, and sans-meat:

Wow! You made it this far! Congrats! What are your favorite, craziest, tastiest turkey recipes? Comment-it-up below!

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Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010:

Cool post

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