The Best Way to Cook a Holiday Dinner

You may have seen the most recent joke spreading across the internet where you are encouraged to text your mother asking how long to microwave a 25lb turkey and then share her response with the world. Most moms have responded with concern and disgust at the thought of microwaving a turkey.

At Rudy’s Smokehouse, we feel just as appalled as your mother at the thought of a microwaved turkey. The time and energy that we put into the meats we serve shows how much we value the proper cooking process.

For anyone who has considered microwaving a turkey for their holiday meal, we are here to help. We have gathered some of the more appropriate ways you could cook your meat this holiday season.

The Oven

Perhaps the most popular choice, roasting a turkey in the oven can add a beautiful presentation to your table. Be careful, however, if prepared incorrectly oven roasted turkey can become dry and lack flavor. Be sure to follow your instructions carefully for both flavor and cook time, for best results!

The Crockpot

Cooking in the crockpot is a great way to cook your meat if you don’t want to spend your whole day in the kitchen. Meat can be placed in a crockpot and left all day until it’s ready to eat. This is a great option for smaller groups as you won’t be able to cook a whole turkey in the crock pot. Throw your sides in a crockpot as well for the simplest holiday meal!

The Grill

If you live in an area where the sun is shining for your holiday meal, roll out the grill to cook your meat. Depending on the size of your grill, you can cook up to a whole turkey at once. Grilling will allow for extra space in your kitchen and more room in your oven for the most important side dishes. Use a grill thermometer to be sure your grill is staying at a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process.

The Deep Fryer

The deep fried turkey has become more and more popular. This option provides a fun twist on any holiday meat and packs in some serious flavor. This method of cooking your meat is much more hands on as you must have the proper equipment, space, and safety precautions. Many holiday fires have started from a deep fryer. Use extra caution when choosing this method.

The Smoker

This is another option that can be more difficult to do at home unless you have the proper equipment. The process of smoking meat is all about low and slow. Smoked meat is cooked on low heat which takes longer as the heats travels through the meat evenly. This method of cooking allows for incredible flavor and extra juicy meat.

Don’t Leave Your Holiday Meals Up to Chance

Even if you think you know what you’re doing, there’s a lot that can go wrong when preparing the holiday meat . Especially a turkey. One minute, you’re sitting in anticipation for some delicious, tender turkey, and the next, you’re staring at a dry/burned/soggy dead bird.

If you’re uncertain about your cooking abilities, or you simply don’t have the time to do it right, trust in a professional instead.

At Rudy’s Smokehouse, smoked meats is our specialty. If you are a lover of smoked meats but don’t have the time or equipment to do it yourself, check out our Holiday catering for events options.

Don’t risk having your turkey taste as though it was cooked in the microwave. This holiday season, you can impress even your mom with a meal catered by our experts!

True barbeque as practiced in the American South has 4
main ingredients- quality meats, low temperatures, wood
burning for flavor enhancement, and lots and lots of
patience, which is exactly what we do here at Rudy’s
All Glory be to God!