Unique turkey cooking methods exist beyond the oven. Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday, but there is always a way to make it your own. 

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast takes much time and skill. However, it need not take much money, if you shop at our farmer’s market. Located near beautiful Miami, our market has the ingredients you need to make the perfect Thanksgiving feast. Save on savory squash, local fresh honey, and more! If you want a memorable feast, you can also explore unique turkey cooking methods beyond oven-roasting: deep-frying and smoking.


1. Deep frying

Turkey can be deep-fried and this method is ideal for hosts who want to enjoy the outdoors while welcoming guests. Deep-frying imparts a rich flavor and texture that can be hard to obtain from roasting. However, deep frying can be dangerous, so it’s imperative that cooks remain focused and prepared. Butterball recommends deep frying turkey outside on a level surface away from any structures. Wear temperature-resistant gloves in case of splattering oil.

Frying time is typically 3 to 3.5 minutes per pound. Electric fryers may take less time and typically require less oil. It’s best to deep fry turkeys that are 15 pounds or less, as the turkey will need to be completely submerged in oil. Additionally, turkeys larger than 15 pounds may cook unevenly.

2. Smoking

Smoking has become popular in recent years. This option is ideal for cooks who want to infuse their birds with smoky flavor. Electric smokers now allow remote temperature control, which allows busy hosts to monitor the grill. That’s important, as smoking requires cooks to periodically check the temperature on their grills.

Smoking a turkey requires maintaining a temperature between 225 and 250 F. Cooking times are around 30 minutes per pound, though it can take longer if the temperature is lower. Because of the extended cooking time, hosts may want to pick a turkey that weighs around 15 pounds.

This Thanksgiving, hosts can try something new by deep-frying or smoking their turkeys.

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