Roasting turkey is a subject that evokes an endless debate between chefs. How do you get the perfect mix of juicy meat, crispy skin and taste? Everyone has a favorite technique, whether it is to pickle the bird or to catch it. However, if you are ready to continue to Ph.D. levels of turkey cooking, you may want to look beyond these methods and really get wild.
# 1. Turkey trash can
Turns out that an empty metal trash can is the perfect tool for cooking a turkey. One of the biggest advantages is that it considerably shortens the actual cooking time. One recipe estimates that you only need about 90 minutes to cook a twelve-pound turkey.
You have a turkey, your seasoning, a bag of charcoal, butter or oil, a wooden pole, lots and lots of aluminum foil and, oh yes, a garbage can. All those items plus a piece of land that you do not want to destroy means that you are in the game.
One reservation: although there are many recipes for turkey and chicken, I would not try this with duck, especially since duck contains an enormous amount of fat. It must be transferred regularly or it may cause a fat fire.
Every holiday season contains your local news stories about the poor turkey of a family going up and fuego because they did not know what they were doing when they tried frying it.
With a visit to the hardware store and some basic skills you can prevent all that mess. Let Alton Brown show you how to safely fry a Thanksgiving bird. It also has a handy test that will show you exactly how much oil you need to fry the bird without splashing hot oil everywhere.
He also has a detailed video about building his deep-frying derrick in your own backyard, and he also has PDF instructions. [3.659011] # 3. Beer Can Turkey
In my opinion, the latter method is the easiest. It does not include any tools or trips to Home Depot. However, it does mean that you have to come up close and personal with poor turkey with a can of beer. Introducing that beer where the sun is not shining ensures that your turkey is moist and flavorful. Click here for step-by-step instructions or watch the video below.
We have many more fun Thanksgiving tips here and here, so you can have a great party! And if you want to skip cooking, you can still find places to eat on Thanksgiving.
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