Our 2 Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving Turkey dinner - outdoor wooden table

Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around family and food, and everyone likes wowing their guests with delicious recipes. These two mouthwatering Thanksgiving turkey recipes offer juicy and flavorful twists on the usual, boring holiday bird.

Grandma’s Simply Perfect Turkey

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 quarts turkey stock
  • 8 cups stuffing
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 18-pound turkey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place the rack as low as possible.
  2. Place rinsed turkey on the roasting pan with breast side up.
  3. Fill the body loosely with stuffing, then rub the skin with the softened butter.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, then place aluminum foil in a tent shape over the turkey.
  5. Pour 2 cups turkey stock in the roasting pan and place the turkey in the oven.
  6. Baste the turkey every 30 minutes and continue adding stock as needed.
  7. After 2.5 hours, remove the aluminum foil and roast until the interior of the thigh reads 180 degrees.
  8. Let the turkey stand for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

BBQ Grilled Turkey

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups butter
  • 1 15-pound turkey
  • 3 sweet onions (wedged)
  • 1/4 cup chicken soup base
  • 5 apples (wedged)
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (minced)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat gas grill to low heat.
  2. Rub butter all over the turkey, then do the same with the chicken base.
  3. Cube the remaining butter and mix in a large bowl with the apples, onions and garlic.
  4. Stuff the turkey with the apple mixture and place it in a roasting pan.
  5. Turn the turkey over and pour the wine inside. Return the turkey to a breast-up position.
  6. Place the pan on the grill and cover it loosely with foil. Close the lid.
  7. Roast until the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees. When the temperature is close, remove foil and let brown for several minutes.
  8. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving.

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