Three Amazing Ways to Cook a Turkey

Well it’s that time of year again when everyone is trying their best to plan for Thanksgiving.

Besides the usual worries of trying to bring together family and friends the next big issue is who is going to cook the turkey and how will it turn out. Let’s face it, we’ve all seen the funny movie scenes and heard the horror stories of the best looking Turkey dish that fell short of expectations.

Needless to say, nothing is more embarrassing than presenting a poorly cooked bird when everyone is hungry and ready to eat. So we thought we’d put together three tried and tested methods that will take some of the stress out of cooking your Turkey this Thanksgiving.

Method 1. Turkey Canon

Method 2. Ultimate Turkey Roaster

Method 3. Smoked Turkey

Method 1: The Infamous Infusion Roaster (Turkey Cannon)


Turkey Cannon

Despite quite possibly being the most embarrassing looking cooking implement ever invented the Turkey Cannon actually prepares a truly delicious bird. It’s easy to get carried away with injectors and complex flavoring procedures when preparing your bird. The Turkey Cannon simplifies the whole process practically guaranteeing a perfectly cooked Turkey every time.

Three Easy Steps for Cooking the Perfect Turkey

Step 1: Completely thaw the turkey. Untie the legs. Remove tail. neck. excess skin and fat that may be in the way of both cavity openings. Clear out the inside cavity completely. Rinse off the turkey and pat dry. Rub the turkey with olive oil and your favorite rub and/or seasoning.

Step 1

Step 2: Pour approx 1 cup of your favorite liquid into roasting cylinder. Add herbs and spices for added flavor. Place chicken or turkey over cylinder with the breast meat up. Larger birds may require some adjusting (see detailed instructions).

Step 2

Step 3: Roast on Grill (medium heat) or in kitchen oven. In the oven. place the cannon in a roasting pan to catch excess drippings. Add a few cups of water to the pan to catch the drippings. Start out at 425° for the first 30 minutes and reduce to 350°for the time remaining until the turkey reaches 170°. In the grill. place the cannon on a flat pan to catch drippings and avoid flare ups. Cook at 350&deg (usually medium to high heat. depending on the grill). Check the meat starting at 1 1/2 hours for smaller birds and 2 hours for larger ones.

Step 3

Method 2: The Ultimate Roaster

Turkey in the TRDO

Well I would not have believed it until I tried it but the Ultimate Roaster truly lives up to its name. One big advantage of using the Ultimate Roaster is the flexibility of being able to use it outdoors freeing up our indoor oven for other dishes. The large internal capacity makes it perfect for roasting almost any dish from Turkeys, Ribs, deep fried wings to steamed vegetables you can easily do it all.

The vent cone in the middle of the roaster creates a convection cooking pattern which allows hot air from the burner to enter and flow around the inside of the roaster thereby cooking food faster and more evenly. The center cone also allows food to cook the from middle outward. The deep dish lid adds plenty of head room for cooking Turkeys and roasts. The lid can also be used separately to boil vegetables or deep frying.

Method 3: The Smoke Vault Food Smoker

Smoke Vault

Using a food smoker is much like using a household oven with the added benefit of being able to add a nice smoke flavor to your dishes. Using the Camp Chef Smoke Vault to flavor your favorite meat or poultry dishes is as simple as salt. Along with ribs or any other meat you can easily prepare a full size Turkey without much hassle simply by placing a few moistened wood chips of your choice in the lower chip tray. We’ve also got great smoker accessories.

My favorite flavor of smoked Turkey is Hickory as I have cooked several this way over the years. One trick I’ve learned is to use the Smoke Vault in combination with the Turkey Cannon. Just fill the Turkey Canon with your favorite liquid flavoring and place the Turkey on top and set the whole thing in the Smoke Vault. Simply monitor the Smoke Vault temperature from time to time and in short order you’ll have a delicious moist and smoke flavored Turkey.