Turkey Guide: 6 Recipes

Turkey Guide: 6 Recipes (Wendy Goodfriend)

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For many years, I grilled the turkey on my trusty Weber charcoal kettle grill over indirect heat. I discovered wet brining, then dry brining, and have since deconstructed, braised, chile-rubbed and roasted, spatchcocked, and even deep fried a turkey once (I don’t recommend that, too messy, too dangerous, and, just…no). After many iterations, here is our Bay Area Bites guide to preparing turkey six different ways for Thanksgiving.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey with Spice Rub
This year, we are throwing the Thanksgiving turkey on the smoker and kissing it with Applewood smoke. This deeply burnished bird is especially good on next-days sandwiches.

Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey with Spice Rub
Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey with Spice Rub (Wendy Goodfriend)

Mexican-Style Thanksgiving: Chile-Rubbed Roast Turkey
Smoky-sweet and slightly spicy, this chile-rubbed turkey is packed with flavor, bringing a whole new dimension to your Thanksgiving feast.

Chile-Rubbed Roast Turkey served with Savory Black Beans, Mexican Rice and Mole Gravy.
Chile-Rubbed Roast Turkey served with Savory Black Beans, Mexican Rice and Mole Gravy. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Thanksgiving Recipe: Fast, Easy Spatchcock Roast Turkey
Looking for a way to make a juicy roast turkey with crisp skin in less time than usual? Spatchcock it!

Quick and Easy Spatchcocked Roast Turkey.
Quick and Easy Spatchcocked Roast Turkey. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Homemade Thanksgiving: Classic Dry-Brined and Butter-Basted Roast Turkey with Herbs
Looking for the best recipe for a succulent and impressive roast turkey? Look no further than this simple-to-prepare bird and wow your guests this holiday.

Dry-Brined Herbed Roast Turkey.
Dry-Brined Herbed Roast Turkey. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Throw Your Turkey On The Grill This Thanksgiving!
There is nothing quite as spectacular as bringing this mahogany-colored, smoky-flavored bird to the Thanksgiving table. This year, impress your guest by slow-grill roasting your bird on the BBQ.

Brined BBQ Turkey.
Brined BBQ Turkey. (Wendy Goodfriend)

Deconstructed Turkey: A Succulent Alternative to a Thanksgiving Classic
Perhaps it is unthinkable to sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner without the ceremony of bringing a whole golden brown bird to the table and carving it to applause. But if it’s succulent flavor you are after, you really can’t go wrong with this version.

Deconstructed Turkey.
Deconstructed Turkey. (Wendy Goodfriend)
Thanksgiving Guide: How To Prepare Turkey Six Different Ways 21 October,2017Kim Laidlaw


Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.