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Old 11-12-2022, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Honolulu/DMV Area/NYC
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Order from Greenberg's Smoked Turkeys.

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Just looked at that company. The photos look delicious. I may have to place an order this year just for the heck of it
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Old 11-12-2022, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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What spices do you put on these things to make 'em taste good?
Get chicken.
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Old 11-12-2022, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Honolulu/DMV Area/NYC
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Get chicken.
While I do love turkey (when done properly), I'd agree that if your turkey continuously comes out bland, it may be time to switch over to a different bird or protein
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Old 11-12-2022, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Turkey is a bland meat, nothing wrong with that. If you want to add flavor, put bacon under the skin, & be liberal with your seasonings, I use the same seasonings as my stuffing, sage, rosemary, thyme, onions & a little garlic. If you want something spicy, make a turkey curry.
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Old 11-12-2022, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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What spices do you put on these things to make 'em taste good?
Nothing. Nothing makes them taste good. We haven't cooked a turkey in 20 years. That's why we eat duck, pheasant and venison for Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-12-2022, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth Milky Way
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Spread those legs and stuff it with 7 herbs and spices. Make it taste like chicken.
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Old 11-12-2022, 10:59 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I'm always a bit mystified by all the dry bland turkey posts. My bird always comes out delicious and I don't do much of anything beyond putting it into the oven.

The only thing I can think of is that I always buy the biggest tom turkey I can find because I think the toms have more flavor. I also avoid any of the "butter added" turkeys. I don't want their fake vegetable shortening butter baste in my bird and no thanks to soaking the bird in salt all day.

Maybe it makes a difference if you use the right roasting pan to get the best browning and retain moisture? I use black granite ware, just like my mother did and the bird barely fits inside the pan.

I also buy small turkeys because the family pit master does some magic with a turkey on the smoker, but that is an elaborate process and not really possible for the home cook who does not own a smoker.
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Old 11-12-2022, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA, now.
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I will never NOT brine a turkey now.
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Old 11-12-2022, 12:04 PM
 
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it comes out bland, because turkey IS bland.
that's why people drown it in gravy, or bury it under tasty stuffing, or throw a slab of cranberry on it, or slather it with dijon mustard on sandwiches. and that's why people serve so many delicious side dishes which ARE tasty so that they can enjoy their meal and not have to eat the bland turkey. Give me a plate of sweet potatoes, green beans, glazed carrots, and cornbread any day, and skip the turkey.

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Old 11-12-2022, 12:07 PM
 
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life's too short to eat dry bland anything.
that's why Honey Baked ham was invented, and has lines all down the block during holidays.
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