5 Ways to Cook a Turkey

If you’ve opted not to follow the CDC guidelines this year and celebrate Thanksgiving with your family anyway (we won’t judge you if you do), here are five wildly popular ways to cook your turkey so the entire family will love it.

Fry Your Turkey

Whether you fry your turkey in a turkey fryer or jump in the fast lane with a deep-fried bird, this is sure to become a family favorite. And if you do the frying outside while enjoying a long weekend at Possum Kingdom Lake, who could blame you? Rachael Ray says you can have a 12-pound turkey in and out of the deep fryer in 45 minutes.

But you don’t have to drop your turkey into the deep fryer and call it done. For some extra flavor, brine it first. Or smoke it then deep fry it.

A simple Google search will give you plenty of recipes for fried turkey. What’s more, with modern technology, you can air fry it, deep fry it, or even chicken-fry it.

For extra credit, try Alton Brown’s delicious deep-fried turkey recipe.

Bake Your Turkey

Baked turkey is still a perennial favorite. Of course, you can just go the traditional route of tossing your turkey into the oven and letting it sit a few hours, or you can get creative. Baking is a versatile way of cooking anything.

For instance, here’s a delicious-looking recipe for a baked butter herb turkey. Can you think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends?

Smoke Your Turkey

Smoking techniques vary, but they almost always produce an excellent taste. This is not a quick way to prepare a meal, however. True smoking is a long process, and you run the risk of drying the turkey out if you don’t take some cautionary measures such as brining it first.

You can flavor the turkey too simply by your choice of wood. Hickory is a favorite down south, but for a sweeter taste, smoke it with honey. It will be worth the wait.

Grill Your Turkey

Grilling is another popular past time in Texas. And it’s great to do outdoors. With the weather as nice as it has been lately, there’s no reason not to head to the outdoors this Thanksgiving Day. Pack up and head to Possum Kingdom Lake for a grilled turkey feast that will keep your family smiling through winter.

While grilled turkey isn’t the first way most families would think of to prepare a holiday bird, I can vouch for it being one of the best.

Wrap Your Turkey in Bacon

Now, if you really want a flavorful feast, try a bacon-wrapped turkey. If you’re one of those people who believes anything can be improved with bacon, then this is your recipe. Fans of Guy Fieri will love his way to prepare bacon-wrapped turkey.

Choose your turkey-cooking method, rent a cabin at Possum Kingdom Lake this Thanksgiving, and enjoy some lake time before it gets too cold.

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