Although Thanksgiving may still be a couple of months away, turkey hunting season is almost upon us. In the past we’ve talked about why wild turkey tastes better than most turkeys you can find at the grocery store, and catching your own is always a lot of fun. But once you have your turkey, how exactly should you prepare it? You may be surprised to know that there are many different ways to cook a turkey that can produce great results.
If you’re looking for a meal involving turkey that’s a little different than the standard, try braising the meat. While this may not be ideal for a holiday meal with the family, braised turkey can have a really great taste. One of the reasons why braised turkey meat tastes so good is that it retains more moisture. There’s nothing worse than cutting into a dry turkey, and a piece of moist, braised turkey meat may even change the minds of those who claim not to like the taste.
Smoking your turkey is also another great alternative to the traditional cooking methods. Smoked turkey has an amazing flavor, especially if you add the right seasoning to the meat. The taste can even change depending on which type of wood you use, so experiment with a few different options.
While it may not be the healthiest of options, deep-fried turkey is always delicious. Of course, deep frying a turkey requires supplies like a propane burner, and it shouldn’t be prepared indoors. There are several great deep frying recipes out there, so do some research before soaking your turkey in oil.
Start preparing for turkey season now, and be sure to try these cooking methods and others to get the most out of your turkey meat.