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Old 11-21-2016, 08:58 AM
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THTers: if you are in charge of cooking the turkey this week, what method are you using?

Oven roasting? Grilling? Frying?

I'm planning to do ours (15#) in a charcoal fired Orion cooker that I have used in past with good results

It does the cooking in 7 minutes per pound.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:00 AM
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Pops is frying several turkeys...I will smoke one eventually.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:06 AM
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fry..tried smoking one last year..masterbuilt electric smoker..mediocare at best
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:10 AM
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I will cook 2. 19# in the deep fryer, 28# low and slow
in the oven. Both have been in marinade for 4 days already.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:10 AM
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we will have 4 turkeys this year oven roasted, smaoked(which i can't stand), one deep fried commercial bird and one deep fried wild turkey. with 32 people at the house we will have very little left
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We've hosted Thanksgiving the past couple of years, and I cooked the Turkey with a Big Easy infrared cooker. Came out great both times. This year it is at my MIL's house, so no turkey cooking for me. A buddy is borrowing the Big Easy though, so it will be put back in service.
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Frying this year.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by CLM65 View Post
We've hosted Thanksgiving the past couple of years, and I cooked the Turkey with a Big Easy infrared cooker. Came out great both times. This year it is at my MIL's house, so no turkey cooking for me. A buddy is borrowing the Big Easy though, so it will be put back in service.
The Big Easy Infrared does make a good turkey.
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Oven Roasting. Filling the cavity with smoked ham hocks, a little stuffing, and coarsely chopped red onion, carrot and celery. I use a 50/50 mix of turkey stock and dry white wine for the basting fluids.
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Frying the bird in Cottonseed oil.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:22 AM
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We do two. Wife does one in the oven and I do one on the Webber Kettle Grill. I cook it at around 300 on the grill and I will use apple wood chips. Its not really smoked but it does have a light smoked flavor. The one on the grill usually goes first.
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Fry - never going back to the oven
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
The Big Easy Infrared does make a good turkey.
I've read and heard the same.
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Imo, rotessoire is best. I prefer it over frying. But frying's great too.
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Spatchcocked, injected, rosemary and herb butter under the skin, wrapped in bacon and going on the Traeger
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Brining the bird the night before is the key regardless of what method is used to cook it.
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3 medium birds in the Butterball fryer. Everyone seems to like it better and doing it that way gives more oven room for those relatives that insist on bringing things that need to be cooked.

In the past frying the birds was a big pain that required all the men folk to assemble outside giving advice and consuming all the house liquor. Now we all sit around and wait for my wireless temp probe to signal it's time to drop another bird in the Butterball. While it is the best thing going right now I would buy a 220v model in a second if they made one as the 110v don't have quite enough wattage to rebound the oil temp as fast as I would like.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Brining the bird the night before is the key regardless of what method is used to cook it.
Doesn't hurt, same with chicks.
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For those who are frying them we have been doing something the last few years that I wanted to pass on. Leave the oil in the cooker and Saturday or Sunday when you run out of turkey, crank it back up to about 375 and drop in some Cornish hens. They will sink at first but after a few minutes they will float and are only a couple minutes from being done. We usually do it on Sunday for our football meal.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
We do two. Wife does one in the oven and I do one on the Webber Kettle Grill. I cook it at around 300 on the grill and I will use apple wood chips. Its not really smoked but it does have a light smoked flavor. The one on the grill usually goes first.


Almost exactly my answer. I always do one inside and one outside. The outside method depends on my mood. I have cooked them in the kettle, smoked them, gas grill, and la caja china. This year back to the kettle. The outside bird usually goes first but isn't as good for turkey soup so I make sure to do one in the oven.
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