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How to cook a turkey (plus turkey recipes)

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Serve up a tasty Thanksgiving bird

With just two days until Thanksgiving, the pressure's on. You want to prepare the perfect turkey. If you're in need of turkey recipes or are unsure of how to cook a turkey, relax. We've got you covered.

Cooked turkey on a table with other Thanksgiving side dishes

How to cook a turkey

Not everyone knows how to cook a turkey. Unfortunately, you can't just unwrap it and shove it in the oven. Don't worry, though. It's not rocket science and with the following info, you can learn how to cook a turkey.

We have some great tips and tricks for doing it right -- a few different ways.

  • Slow and low: Use this method if you want to cook your turkey in a BBQ pit or smoker. You'd cook the bird at 250 degrees F. for a long time -- generally, one hour per pound of turkey.
  • Traditional: Set the oven at 325 to 350 degrees F. and stick your turkey in there for 25 minutes per pound.
  • High heat roasting: Crank the oven to 500 degrees F. and cook that turkey in record time: one to two hours.

For the pros and cons of each turkey cooking method, read the rest of our info on preparing a perfect roast turkey.

How to deep fry a turkey

Want to pack a few more calories into your Thanksgiving feast? Break out the deep fryer. Deep frying connoisseurs insist that deep fried turkey is not at all greasy. In fact, deep fried turkey is apparently "moist and delicious." Who knew?

Making a deep fried turkey isn't for those afraid of a little adventure. It requires, among other things, a 40 - 60 quart pot and a fire extinguisher. Also, it should only be done outside. For specific directions, see our step-by-step guide on how to deep fry a turkey.

Traditional vs. Modern Thanksgiving

Turkey recipes

Asian style roast turkey recipe: Give your turkey a little international flair. This turkey recipe isn't traditional, but it's delicious.

Orange chile roasted turkey recipe. Try this turkey recipe to give your turkey the Southwestern treatment that uses an injector to get the marinade in the meat.

Turkey for two recipe. Going small on Thanksgiving? Use this turkey recipe for a bird that is less than 10 pounds.

Herbed roasted turkey breast. For those short on time, this Thanksgiving turkey recipe offers up an alternative to the regular, full-sized bird.

Super moist roasted turkey recipe. If you're looking for a turkey recipe that will result in a delicious, most meal, you must try this one!

Delicious leftover turkey recipes. This won't help you now, but when the fun is over make sure you have plans for that leftover turkey.

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Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipe? Share your secrets in the comments section below!

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