5 Ways to Cook a Turkey

Rumor has it that some families are planning to host Thanksgiving dinner this year despite CDC recommendations. I can’t blame you if you do. To keep it safe, however, host your Thanksgiving gathering outdoors at Toledo Bend while the weather is still nice. 

If you’re looking for the best way to prepare your turkey, try one of these five cooking techniques.

Nothing Beats Fried Turkey

Fried chicken is a favorite in the south, but have you tried fried turkey for Thanksgiving? Frying techniques are quite versatile, including deep-fried, chicken-fried, and air-fried. Choose your favorite and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

Rachael Ray says you can deep fry a 12-pound turkey in 45 minutes. To keep it moist, and add additional flavor, she recommends brining it first. Of course, you can always smoke it before you fry it. Alton Brown also has a delicious deep-fried turkey recipe for the adventurous.

Baked Turkey Is a Family Favorite

If you’re tired of the traditional roasting recipes, why not bake your turkey instead?

Baking is another versatile cooking method. Whether you stuff your turkey with dressing first, baste it in your favorite wine or flavorful sauce, or get creative, your family will enjoy a good baked turkey. This delicious baked butter herb turkey recipe is destined to become a favorite.

Choose a favorite baked turkey recipe and head to the lake this Thanksgiving to celebrate with your loved ones.

You Can’t Top Smoked Turkey

Smoking your turkey can be a fun way to celebrate a year that has been quite extraordinary. It’s not a quick way to prepare a turkey, for sure, but smoking packs in a ton of flavors. To keep from drying the meat in the process, brine it first. That will keep it moist.

Hickory is a flavorful favorite in Texas. For a sweeter taste, though, smoke your turkey with honey

Grilled Turkey is the Best

As we say in Texas, “grillin’ is chillin’.” If you’re planning an outdoor event this Thanksgiving, whether at home or on the lake, you can’t go wrong with grilled turkey. Lighten up your day in Toledo Bend country with your favorite grilled turkey recipe

Most families wouldn’t say grilling is their cooking method of choice for turkey, but I can vouch for it being one of the best.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey 

If you believe everything tastes better with bacon, then bacon-wrapped turkey is destined to become a favorite around your holiday table. Guy Fieri fans will love his bacon-wrapped turkey recipe.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day this year with your favorite turkey recipe and rent a cabin at Toledo Bend for the day. Serve your turkey with traditional or non-traditional sides and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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GOOD. 74 degrees; 3.83 feet low. The tree leaves are starting to fall and the bass are starting their Fall transition following shad to the back of the creek on Toledo Bend Lake. The water level is 167.8 with no generators running. Our best bite for bass has been on a Topwater Fly popper (Coola Popper in Fire Tiger color, #2/0 hook) in the backcountry of Toledo Bend Lake. T-Bend has had a light rain for the last couple of days. Prime time for all types of topwater lures. Just a heads up… water has cooled down 15 degrees in the last 2 weeks, 74-degrees now! Bluegill perch are still hovering around their nests with the full Moon phase. You can catch these aggressive perch in shallow waters 1-3 feet under shaded banks using Mudfish 3 WT fiberglass fly rod, or an old school cane pole using a split shot and bobber with live crickets or live worms. The Crappie bite is still in deep water 17-24 feet. This week we will have the first cold front of the Fall season so the crappie should go a little shallower following the shad. Catfish bite has been slow due to the generation not running. Water levels dropping for bank fishermen. Watch your Moon phases for your best bite and times. Good luck and tight lines! Safety Reminder: Everyone needs to wear their life jackets (PFDs) while in or around the lake. Renew your licenses and pick up the new 2021-2022 Texas Parks & Wildlife (handbook) Outdoor Annual. It’s now 114 pages. New laws and regulations.

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