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Maximizing Thanksgiving Yumminess  

New2Midlo 52M  
706 posts
11/23/2021 3:30 pm

Last Read:
11/24/2021 11:26 am

Maximizing Thanksgiving Yumminess

The lack of cooking tips for the upcoming holiday is something I felt required addressing. My former partner and I were responsible for Thanksgiving for her family and we had it down pretty damned well. Our skills were sufficiently respected to allow us to threaten physical violence to family members who were dumb enough to wander into the kitchen, with no fallout.

Here are the tricks we found for making an absolutely delicious bird.

1. Brine that - if it's fowl or pork, it gets brined. Do this tonight, so tomorrow you can...
2. Spatchcock that bird and let the skin dry in the fridge until Thursday. Turkey is a shifty critter, with light meat being ready at 5 degrees, whereas the dark requires hitting 5.
Roasting the bird whole guarantees you'll either overshoot the light meat or cook the dark. Spatchcocking (or butterflying) allows the bird to cook more evenly, allowing you to the right temps simultaneously.
3. Dressing goes downstairs - with your bird all laid during its roast, take advantage of the juices it throws off by placing it on a wire rack, over a roasting pan and cooking your dressing in said pan.
4. Never cook by time, always by temperature - remote probe thermometers are cheap

Bone appetite and all that shit.

New2Midlo 52M  
1075 posts
11/23/2021 3:31 pm

Big note - don't brine a self-basting bird or you'll wind up with a majorly salty bird.

OldStandardDudeX 70M  
125 posts
11/23/2021 8:30 pm

My own take on this.....

Fresh (what ever that means)....brine in salt water over night....fill cavity with cut oranges....barbeque on grill for 2 hours, closed lid.....Done.....

Day after, turkey enchiladas.....

As for those family members, they never saw it coming.....

New2Midlo replies on 11/24/2021 8:41 am:
That sounds pretty good actually. Not sure I'd get over the anxiety of grilling a turkey though.

G000dbuddy 34M  
1676 posts
11/24/2021 1:56 am


spunkycumfun 62M/67F  
41171 posts
11/24/2021 4:49 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

New2Midlo replies on 11/24/2021 8:41 am:
And to you!

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