How do you make a thanksgiving turkey?

share your tips please

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    11/10/15
    I don't do turkeys that much, we aren't a fan of it. Last time I did, I stuck it in the crockpot with herb butter under the skin, two onions cut in half stuffed in the cavity for probably 8-10 hours. Don't have to baste it in the crockpot. :D
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    11/10/15
    Do it in the crock pot! I have a...12quart I think... It's pretty big... and a 10 pound turkey can fit in. The butter inside and out definitely helps.
    I usually throw a bone in ham-sometimes have to trim some and put it to the side-in the crockpot the night before with vinegar, brown sugar and honey. Let it marinade overnight and then stick it in the crockpot when we get up, usually about 5. Let it go for six hours and it's YUMMY.
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    11/10/15
    Carleen Sadewasser
    You'll be happy to know that my 12 year old son is a pescatarian, by choice, Stephanie - as such, I'd love to learn of some fun alternatives you can share as I'd like to make sure his dinner is special, too.
    One thing I saw was to put the stuffing in a bundt pan. (not necessarily vegetarian, but I'll be sure and make it that way for him. )
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    11/12/15
    Melissa Middleton
    Shoot! I totally forgot that I put chicken stock in my roasting pan as well--helps keep the bird moistened.
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    11/10/15
    Carleen Sadewasser
    That's amazing! and my son would loooove it! But I see conflicting info on soy; especially in regards to boys... Do you have some insight or links in regards to that, Stephanie?
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    11/10/15
    Carleen Sadewasser
    TYSM! He will be thrilled with that Gardein roast. :)
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      11/10/15
      Michelene Parker
      I usually don't cook on Thanksgiving. I'm usually at a family members house for the holidays.
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        11/10/15
        I usually go visit my parents house and let them take care of the turkey
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          11/10/15
          When we celebrate it with my family, my dad usually sticks it on the BBQ first for hours then we stick it in the oven for the last hour or so. We would put it in the oven earlier, but with a wood burning stove at the cabin, heat can sometimes be a little hard to keep constant.
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            11/10/15
            Carleen Sadewasser
            The BEST turkey I've had is when my oven wasn't working so hubby put it on the rotisserie. YOM!
            'will be following this thread because family has invited themselves to my home this year... the gal who doesn't really like cooking - Yay! <--- sarcasm. haha I'm so nervous. Eeek.

            I've read if you cook it upside down, all the juices go into the breast. :) And I have received compliments when I stuffed the bird with rosemary, onions and lemons. I think I cooked it upside down that year, too.
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            11/11/15
            My MIL did a rotisserie for Christmas one year. It was AWESOME!
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              11/10/15
              I keep it simple...butter, salt, pepper and garlic, cover with foil until the last 20-30 minutes then take foil off and bake a few more minutes to get a crispy skin. Just make sure the foil makes a tent and does not touch the turkey.
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                11/12/15
                Melissa Middleton
                I slow cook mine (like on 200-250--which means you will have to put it in early) in the oven and baste it every 30 minutes. I do either herb seasonings on it or a honey glaze. I prefer the honey glaze. I do this with whole chickens as well. Butter sticks inside the cavity of the turkey help keep it moist and/or placing tinfoil over it.

                We are doing a ham this year per request of the hubby.
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                11/12/15
                mm throw away the packet that comes with it.. About 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups brown sugar and about a cup of honey.. mmmmm yummy. :D
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                11/14/15
                Melissa Middleton
                The turkey? I do get rid of the innards. My mom always cooked them up for our animals but it smells up the house so in the trash it goes.

                Is that the recipe you use for the ham? I'm still undecided on which one to do this year (recipe). I've never done the vinegar with it. I've done orange juice though. I may try the vinegar. I always enjoy trying new recipes.

                Oh, ok, never mind. Brain fart--the ham packet. We got one without it because it was cheaper. We were just paying the extra price per pound for the packet, really, since they were the same Smithfield brand. Lol
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                  11/14/15
                  My husband cooks the turkey.
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