If you're ordering a turkey for Thanksgiving, you're probably already thinking about how you're going to prepare it, how many people there will be to feed, and what you're going to serve alongside it. Whether the ceremonial bird is your Achilles' heel or your pride and joy, it's time to get going on it. Here are 9 of our favorite ways to make a great turkey—from a Bill Nye-worthy baking process to the best way to make the most of a smaller-than-standard oven.
If you want to dry brine (and don't want to wait to start the brining until the bird is thawed):
If this is the year you deep-fry your turkey:
If you can't not have bacon:
If you have no patience for basting:
If you have a small oven (or not a lot of time to do the roasting):
If you only have a few people coming for dinner:
If you want to get it all out of the way the day before:
If you love science experiments (and the breast meat):
If you just want something simple:
What's the craziest turkey-cooking story you have? Tell it in the comments.