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  • Published on Nov 26, 2014

    Spice Your Thanksgiving Up!

    With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, your turkey is almost ready to eat! Whether your turkey is sitting ready to be carved or you are one of those last minute turkey buyers, you can have an alternative way to prepare your turkey this year that is sure to amaze everyone at the table.

    We came up with the five best turkey cooking techniques that we thought would give your Thanksgiving the upper hand this year.

    Deep Fried

    Maybe the most popular on this list is deep frying the turkey. A Southern tradition, many regard the deep frying method as the most tasty, but also the most unhealthy of all the ways to cook a turkey. But come on, it’s Thanksgiving! This is the one day a year to really not care about how many calories you consume.

    Aside from being extremely tasty, deep frying also takes significantly less time to cook than other methods. For preparation the consensus is to let it soak in a brine of kosher salt and brown sugar for 8 to 16 hours. As for the actual cooking part, it only takes an hour to fully fry and cook the turkey. One thing to remember is to not do it inside!  Use a propane burner outside and make sure to keep an eye on it constantly as it can be dangerous to leave it unattended.

    Beer Can Method

    Some of you may be reading this and wondering what in the world we are talking about. Trust us, we know it’s weird, but apparently it works really well and tastes great! This technique starts out using a large beer can, (24 oz. can) that acts as a stand for the turkey. The beer inside the can provides a gentle steam inside the turkey that keeps the bird tender and gives it plenty of flavor. Combined with spices and herbs, you get a very unique and delicious taste. 

    Once your turkey is on its beer can stand and is properly spiced, the turkey is cooked on a large grill using indirect heat. The evaporating beer keeps the turkey moist, and the herbs add flavor for a more enjoyable eating experience.

    Paper Bag Method

    The paper bag method has been criticized by some as making the turkey to dry. It has also been said by others that it is the most flavorful way to prepare a turkey. Who's right? No one knows! Try this easy method for yourself if you dare. While the risk could be a dry turkey, you also could surprise yourself with a great tasting bird!

    Here are some great pointers to remember when using the paper bag method!

    • Make sure your turkey fits in the bag! To do this, put the packaged turkey in and see if enough paper is left to close and seal the bag.  If the bag is not long enough, make it longer by attaching a second bag to it.
    • To bring the turkey to room temperature, take it out of the refrigerator 2 hours before cooking it.  It’s important to bring the turkey to room temperature so the cooking time is not affected (cold turkey will cook longer).
    • Sprinkle the turkey  with salt and pepper on the outside and inside, and rub the salt and pepper on it.  Don’t forget to take out the giblets. 
    • Butter the inside of the brown paper bag with the remaining 2 tbsp of butter.  Put the turkey inside the brown paper bag.  Put the brown paper bag with the turkey in a roasting pan.  Pour the chicken broth inside the turkey cavity.  Fold the paper bag closed, and staple it with a stapler so it stays closed.

    Turducken

    Have you ever heard of the Turducken technique? If you haven’t, you are in for a real treat! If you want to make your turkey into a turducken, you will have to get a chicken and a duck to make one of the tastiest Thanksgiving dinners ever! A Turdcuken is a turkey, that is stuffed with a duck, that is stuffed with a chicken, and very tasty. Now to make a turducken requires a lot of time, and also some great cooking powers. We are going to leave it to the professionals to teach you how to do it, but we suggest that if you have the time to try it! You won't be disappointed.

    Follow the link to see how to make turkducken!

    Smoke It!

    A smoked turkey is another common form of turkey preparation. If you have a BBQ smoker, this is a great way to make sure your turkey is moist and flavorful. 

    Here are some detailed instructions on how to prepare your turkey in your smoker this year!

    • Prepare an 8 to 18 lb. thawed or fresh turkey by removing the giblets and neck draining the juices, and drying with paper towels. The turkey should be completely thawed 
    • Brush the skin of the turkey with vegetable oil and insert an oven-safe meat thermometer deep into lower thigh.
    • Set the smoker to 225° F. Place the turkey on a cooking rack and cook for 8 to 12 hours or until the inner thigh temperature reaches 180° F.
    • Check the temperature of your turkey after 3½ hours. Your turkey must pass through a critical range of 40° F to 140° F in 4 hours or less. If the internal temperature is low after 3½ hours, take your turkey off the smoker and finish it in the oven.
    • Cover the turkey and chill or let stand for 20 minutes before carving.

    Bent's RV Rendevous

    ​From all of us here at Bent's RV Rendezvous, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! If a new RV is on your Christmas list this year, let us help you find the perfect one! We offer great deals on both new and used RVs that are sure to please your wallet.

    Come check us out at our two locations today in Boutte or Metairie!

     

     

     

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