From choosing the perfect turkey to what sauces should go with it.

Thanksgiving turkey

Cheat sheet

Here’s the down and dirty on everything you need for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Size of the bird. How many people are coming for dinner equals how many pounds you’ll need. If you want to be sure to have leftovers, multiply it by 1.5.

Cook time. 10-13 mins./per pound for the turkey at 350℉/176℃. Allow about 15 minutes for every pound if you want to stuff it. Takes about 30 mins. per pound if you smoke it at 250℉/120℃.

The best temperature. Preheating the oven to 450°F will keep the temperature from dropping too much when you open the door and put the turkey in. Reduce the temperature to 325°F after you close the door.

When it’s done. The bird is done when the instant-read thermometer reads at least 165℉/73℃ in the thickest part of the thigh.

Let it rest. After taking it out of the oven, let the turkey rest for about 15-30 minutes before carving.

How to Choose a Turkey You need to know how many people and what kind of appetite they carry with them.

I like to calculate approximately one pound of turkey per person. I know that sounds like a lot, but remember, there’s a lot of bone.

Fresh or Frozen If I can get a fresh turkey, that’s what I get. However, frozen is just as good. A fresh turkey should be prepared a day or two, at the most, after you get it home.

Which Sauces Go Great with a Thanksgiving Turkey

There you have it. I hope this turkey cheat sheet, will make the most out of your Thanksgiving Day celebration rather than worrying if the turkey is cooked through or not. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!🙂