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16 Turkey Recipes to Get the Thanksgiving Juices Flowing

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Every Thanksgiving, my dad rises at 3 a.m. to place a 22-pound turkey in his beloved Big Green Egg. He hovers nearby, soaking up smoke and mugs of coffee until he’s confident about delivering a crispy, golden skin and succulent, buttery slices. He fights off (many) hungry relatives to let the bird rest before carving the table centerpiece. It’s a tough job, but such is the price for Thanksgiving fame and glory.

Maybe you’re the family’s go-to turkey whisperer. Or maybe this is the first year you’re in charge of the bird. You’re looking to roast, smoke, fry, or grill a meal to remember, and don’t want to let your fans family down. Look no further! We’ve gathered our best turkey guides, from traditional to dark horse favorites. And if you’re looking for Thanksgiving inspiration beyond turkey, head on over to our Automagic Menu Generator.

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For the Traditionalists

Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird)
Russ Parsons' Dry-Brined Turkey (a.k.a. The Judy Bird)
Slow-Roasted Turkey
Slow-Roasted Turkey
Butter And Herb Roast Turkey

Butter And Herb Roast Turkey by sdebrango

Torrisi's Turkey

Torrisi's Turkey by Genius Recipes

Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey

Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey by Sarah (The Yellow House)

Gin Brined Turkey

Gin Brined Turkey by Lydia Martinez w/ Suitcase ...

Barbara Kafka's Simple Roast Turkey
Barbara Kafka's Simple Roast Turkey

Everyone Loves A Twist

Spatchcocked + Braise-Roasted Herb Butter Turkey

Spatchcocked + Braise-Roasted Herb Butter Turkey by Cristina Sciarra

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

How to Deep Fry a Turkey by Paul Longton

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Stuffed Turkey Breast Marsala (or Poor Man's Veal)
Stuffed Turkey Breast Marsala (or Poor Man's Veal)
Thanksgiving Osso Buco
Thanksgiving Osso Buco
Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie

Winners Out of left field

Spicy Turkey Meatloaf
Spicy Turkey Meatloaf
Turkey Shawarma Pitas

Turkey Shawarma Pitas by Leith Devine

Best Ever Turkey Chili

Best Ever Turkey Chili by kmartinelli

Turkey Pho
Turkey Pho

Who's the turkey professional of your family? What's the best turkey they've made?

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

Tags: thanksgiving mains, turkey