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How to cook a Thanksgiving turkey: Advice from top chefs

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Thanksgiving is both delicious and dangerous, so we've found tips and tricks to help you cook your Thanksgiving bird to scrumptious perfection safely.

Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year. There's food and drink, then even more food and more drink, and just when you think you're full, you somehow find room for pie. But Thanksgiving can also be one of the most dangerous days of the year with an average of 2,400 residential building fires, according to FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration. Most of these fires occur between 10 a.m. and four p.m., when most families are preparing their feast.

These statistics prompted our team to scour the Internet for the best cooking practices and guides from celebrity chefs to help you safely prepare your main course. Here's our top picks.

BBQ with Franklin: Thanksgiving part 1 — Smoking a turkey  

​Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, walks aspiring turkey smokers through the brining and early stages of smoking your Thanksgiving turkey. He stresses safety, from potential burns to kitchen cleanliness. Make sure to watch the second and third parts of the series for a step-by-step guide to cooking your entire Thanksgiving meal. (For pet lovers, these fun and engaging videos feature guest appearances from Aaron's dog, Honey!)

Sous vide — "A better way to turkey"

By Jeff Roos

​Grant Crilly, self-proclaimed "bird nerd" on ChefSteps, shows you a different way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. Easier, better, and absolutely delicious — sous vide can take up to 24 hours from start to finish, but don't stop scrolling just yet! Most of that time is inactive. With a Joule and a ziplock bag, you can cook your turkey, almost fool-proof, and finish it off with a deep fryer, grill, smoker, searing pan, or even a broiler. And the best part about sous vide is that it can be done almost all before T-Day, keeping in-demand real estate open in your oven for other important items, like pies.

Alton Brown's most popular Thanksgiving tips 

In 15 minutes, Alton Brown gives you every recipe you need for a delicious Thanksgiving's day feast — cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and of course, the roasted turkey (with gravy). These easy, step-by-step recipes help struggling family chefs to serve a traditional and savory dinner, complete with homemade canned cranberry sauce.

Here at vipHomeLink, we want you to have a wonderful and safe holiday, so before you step inside your kitchen to start preparing your yearly culinary extravaganza, we urge you to check out "Cooking safety tips you absolutely, positively must do before you start your turkey prep." At the very least, check and do not disable your smoke alarms. They can save your life.

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Happy Thanksgiving! 

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