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Cooking Your Turkey for Thanksgiving

Our friends at Traeger grills prepared the ultimate cooking guide that we are sharing with you for the best holiday meal! Here’s the information you need for cooking your turkey for Thanksgiving.

Choose Your Size

It’s always confusing to know how much turkey to buy. Generally, you want to purchase one pound per person or a bit extra if you want leftovers. This infographic goes a step further and lets you know how many birds you can grill at once.

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Prepare for Thawing

The last thing you want to do is wait to thaw your turkey until the day of the big meal. It can take up to five days to thaw the biggest birds, so use this guide to ensure you’ll actually be eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

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Know How You’ll Cook It

Roast it, smoke, brine, rub, inject or spatchcock it. The method you choose is up to you. It’s even okay to mix methods!

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Time the Cook Just Right

The first rule of thumb is to cook your turkey until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Farenheit. Use this Traeger guide for the best in cooking times.

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Time to Serve the Turkey

Once it’s time to serve your beautifully cooked turkey, follow these tips:

  • Let your turkey rest for at least 20 minutes once you’ve taken it out of the oven. This is best for 12-15 pound turkeys. If you have a turkey over 15 pounds, let it rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.
  • Don’t tent your turkey with foil as the steam from the hot turkey will collect on the foil, drip on your turkey skin and take all that crispiness away in just minutes.

Good luck cooking, carving and serving your Thanksgiving turkey and enjoy your holiday!

Images from Traeger. Turkey Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash.