FREE your OVEN! 8 alternative ways to cook a whole turkey
I host Thanksgiving every year, which I love. It’s taken me a few years to get my system down, the timing, the recipes, the organizing. It’s not flawless, but I’m approaching at least a level of easy comfort about the whole thing. One of the best things I ever did to de-stress the holiday is to buy an electric roaster. Moving the turkey to the roaster means I free the oven for everything else. My oven is not big enough to hold more than just the turkey, so pre-electric roasting, I had to get everything done before OR after the turkey. Now, I can prep my dishes with leisure. I also use the electric roaster at Easter for ham. So I pretty much only use it twice a year, but it was still worth every penny.
Note the sizes of the turkeys here, because some methods are better for smaller birds. My electric roaster is a big one, so I can hold up to a 20 pound turkey. But a slow cooker or a Dutch oven, for example, may not fit a turkey that large.
- Try deep frying your turkey.
- Here are great instructions for cooking turkey in an electric roaster. Warning: Turkey is done faster than you think!
- Cook your turkey with a charcoal smoker.
- Grill your turkey.
- Cook it on the stove top in a Dutch oven.
- Pull out the slow cooker for your turkey.
- Or grill it on a beer can.
- Cook a whole turkey in an extra large pressure cooker.
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