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How To Cook Your Turkey


This is the 3rd post in our series titled “Twenty Two Thanksgiving Turkey Tips”.  Each day between now and Thanksgiving we’ll have a new tip for you.  Today’s tip is about how to cook your turkey:

Ok, so as everyone knows Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and many people are wondering how to cook their turkeys.  There are a wide variety of options and different tastes you get from preparing your bird in certain ways.  So within this post we’re going to break it down for you a bit and list the basics of each turkey cooking method and how they all work.


  • This is the most traditional, typical and widely used way that people cook their turkeys (Think of Thanksgiving or Christmas at grandma’s house).
  • As many of you are probably aware, with this method you stick your bird in the oven and cook it according to how much your bird weighs.
  • For example, with a 16-18 pound turkey, roasting it will take approximately 5 ½ to 6 hours in the oven.
  • Like deep-frying you have to allow the bird to thaw completely before putting it in the oven.
  • The typical temperature to roast a turkey at is 350 degrees.
  •  This method works well if you want to stay indoors, but if you are trying to make side dishes at the same time there can be a bit of a problem with oven space.
  • For complete step-by-step instructions visit


  • You can smoke an entire turkey using the same methods as many people use smoking to BBQ meats
  • Thaw and brine your turkey just as if you were going to deep fry it
  • You’ll need a proper smoker, or something you can use as a “make shift” smoker
  • Heat your smoker so that the temperature gets to 250° F
  • A 12 pound turkey will take 3.5-4 hours on the smoker
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  • Yes you can BBQ a entire turkey!
  • BBQ’ing your turkey allows you to stuff it as well
  • Wrap your turkey completely in foil
  • Heat the BBQ to about 300° F (usually your lowest setting)
  • Cook for 20 minutes per pound
  • Remove the foil at the end of the process to “brown” the turkey
  • For complete step-by-step instructions on how to BBQ a whole turkey visit


  • Deep-frying is the best method to use for fast, easy and delicious results.
  • Deep-frying is always done outdoors where nothing can get damaged from grease.
  • As with roasting, always make sure that your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.  An unthawed turkey will lead to a dangerous fireball.
  • This method is very fast.  A deep-fried turkey usually only takes about an hour (Deep frying only takes 3.5 minutes per pound!).
  • After your turkey is done you need to allow a brief period for cooling (roughly 30 minutes) until you can start to carve.
  • The oven is not needed at all while deep-frying a turkey, therefore you can use your oven to prepare delicious side dishes to go along with your Thanksgiving feast or anything else that you would want to go along with your turkey.


Those are the 4 main methods to cooking your turkey, and each way is great.  Obviously we’re partial to deep frying your turkey, mainly because of the taste, but also because you can do it it outdoors, it’s FAST, and a lot of fun!  No matter what way you cook your turkey this holiday season, remember to buy a great quality turkey, and brine/flavor it in advance for the best possible taste.

–For more tips and ideas on how to prepare your tastiest turkey ever, make sure you download (from a copy of our book, titled: Turkey Fryers & Deep Fried Turkey: How To Deep Fry A Turkey- Complete Step By Step Instructions To Cooking Your Tastiest Turkey Ever!  As a special bonus for all book buyers, we’re including a complete step-by-step series of videos showing anyone exactly how to deep fry a turkey.  Get this book today!


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