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19 Great Ways To Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey

The day of feasting approaches, and bits of turkey advice waft on the breeze like autumn leaves. But what’s the right way? Well, that depends.

1. If you want the power of #science on your side:

Alton Brown’s turkey recipe is The Recipe for a reason: It works. Brining does wonders for a bird that can easily end up dry and bland, and this herby/spicy brine is the one to use if you’ve never tried the method before.

2. If you want to honor the spirit of Thanksgivukkah:

Fair warning: This Manischewitz-Brined Turkey will, for a substantial amount of time, be bright purple.

3. If you’re bound and determined to bust out the grill:

Grill-Roasted Turkey

4. If the word “brine” both thrills and terrifies you:

Then a Dry-Brined Roasted Turkey is for you! This method involves no actual dunking-in-liquid; you just pile on the spices and salt and let time do the rest. You can switch up the seasoning however you want; try this Fennel, Maple & Chile Dry-Brined Turkey if you’re feeling frisky.

5. If you like a little spice in your life:

Chile-Rubbed Turkey

6. If all you really care about is that pumpkin is involved somehow:

Pumpkin-Glazed Turkey Legs

7. If you’re really just in it for the bacon:

Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey

8. If you’re a hopeless aromatic:

This Herb-Roasted Turkey will make your whole house smell like citrus, sage, and rosemary.

9. If you’d secretly rather just watch football:

A Beer-Brined Turkey with Onion Gravy and Bacon should be able to lure even the most dedicated fan away from the TV.

10. If you have lots of oil and no fear:

DEEP FRY THAT FOWL.

11. If you’re happiest when a stick of butter is involved:

Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey

12. If you’ve got something to prove:

This Slow-Smoked Tureky with Cane Syrup-Coffee Glaze is decidedly a pro-level project.

13. If you’d rather not tackle a whole entire bird:

If you run with a white meat crowd, just buy a couple of turkey breasts separately and forget the rest of the dang bird. Get the recipe.

14. If you’ve figured out that the dark meat is the good part:

Slow-cooked, succulent Braised Turkey Legs will put an end to your snotty cousin’s talk about how “the turkey is always dry.”

15. If you’d be equally happy to eat Chinese food for this or any meal:

Soy Sauce and Honey-Glazed Turkey

16. If you like a little something sweet:

Apple-Brined Turkey

17. If one bird is not enough:

TURDUCKEN ( = a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey). Here’s a (relatively) entry-level recipe, or, for those who will settle for nothing less: The Ultimate Turducken.

18. If you don’t quite dare to go full turducken:

Mario Batali’s Stuffed Turkey is the next best thing — a delightfully boneless bird (ask your butcher to do that part for you) that’s full of delicious things.

19. If you’re still just not sure which turkey is the turkey for you:

Check out Food Network’s handy step-by-step guide to roasting your own Mix-and-Match Turkey.

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