11/21/2015 06:01 am ET Updated Nov 23, 2015

How To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey

It's easier than you think.

No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a big, beautiful bird to crown the feast at the table. No matter how many sides there are to choose from or how many cocktails were imbibed beforehand, without a turkey it just doesn't really feel like Thanksgiving. But in order to do that, you first have to know how to cook a turkey.


Since a giant bird isn't a typical dish you make on the regular for dinner, cooking one up can be intimidating -- especially for new hosts. We're here to help.

Whether you choose to brine or not, add spice rubs or just simply stuff, what every Thanksgiving host really needs in their arsenal are flavorful, trustworthy recipes to guide them through the task at hand (and information on how long turkeys actually take to cook). We have those recipes -- 16 of them. Choose one and enjoy a stress-free, delicious turkey.