Whole Turkey Recipes

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The World's Best Turkey

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This recipe makes a deliciously moist turkey.

Honey Smoked Turkey

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Sweet and light, this is the easiest way to cook a big bird! It will be the best turkey you have ever had. The breast is moist and juicy, and the honey makes a great thin sauce. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and family do when I make it. I never have any leftovers! Enjoy!

Grilled Whole Turkey

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This is an easy way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey and free up your oven for other dishes.

Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey

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Delicious, juicy and tender, this recipe was given to me by a true Cajun sixteen years ago and has been on our Thanksgiving table ever since. The injector and instructions for frying came with our fryer which was a good thing because this original recipe didn't explain all the nuances of frying a turkey. It is well worth the learning process, though. We strain the peanut oil after it cools and pour it back into the containers (I bought it in gallon jugs). It will keep nicely in a cool place, under 40 degrees, or in the refrigerator until needed again.

Sherry's German Turkey

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Give your Thanksgiving dinner a twist this year. You will be pleasantly surprised at the indescribable flavor of this turkey. Well, WOW comes to mind. I got the general recipe from a German friend of mine with an added twist of my own. I have had so many raves about my turkey that everyone now comes to my house on Thanksgiving. Definitely a crowd pleaser, there has never been left over turkey at my house. Thanks Evelyn :)

Turkey Mercedes

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Thanksgiving turkey has been given a Cuban twist! We celebrate this American holiday by preparing a turkey marinated with the flavors of Cuba. The recipe is foolproof and the turkey is the best you'll ever taste!

A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

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Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing.

Turkey in a Smoker

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This is a great recipe for smoked turkey. A barbecue grill is nearly impossible to cook a large bird. A smoker is best for this. I prefer hickory chips or hickory wood. Hickory generates a more even smokiness than other woods, and it does not matter whether the wood is green or seasoned. Mesquite, if not well seasoned, will generate a creosote type coating because of the sap that oozes out of the wood while cooking.

Juicy Thanksgiving Turkey

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My grandmother and mother passed this recipe on to me. It changes just a little every year, because we've never written it down before. But it is always incredibly juicy and succulent!

Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing

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This easy to make turkey is great for beginners, but experts will find it equally delicious. Adjust the cooking time for different sized birds.

Simple Deep Fried Turkey

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If you like a more traditional tasting turkey, this is the one for you. No injecting, no marinades, no complicated rubs.

Inspiration and Ideas

Homestyle Turkey, the Michigander Way

"AMAZING! I have never, in my entire life, had so many compliments on something I've cooked. EVER! And I'm a pretty good cook!" – creampuffie

Perfect Turkey

See how simple it is to roast the best turkey ever. The overnight brining is easy!

Turducken

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This is a turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken stuffed with dressing. You will need toothpicks and kitchen string for this recipe.