Alright, who鈥檚 ready to get a bit meta with our guide to the Thanksgiving turkey tip guides? We searched the interwebs high and low to bring you the 14 best pieces of info out there for rocking every single step of the poultry process. Scroll though to learn all about buying, brining, cooking and carving the ultimate centerpiece for your T-Day feast.

Buying and Prep

1. How to Buy a Turkey (and so Much More): Ever wonder what all those turkey terms, from conventional to wild turkey, mean? Or whether a fresh or frozen bird is right for you? All of the turkey buying answers you ever wanted are right here. (via The New York Times)

2. Thanksgiving Turkey Mistakes to Avoid: Sometimes what not to do is just as important as a how-to. You鈥檒l be one step ahead of any potential poultry disasters after skimming this manual. (via Bon App茅tit)

3. Thawing Poultry: Food poisoning isn鈥檛 on anyone鈥檚 holiday wish list, so be sure to defrost your frozen bird safely with any of the three methods here. Want even more info? Check out the USDA鈥檚 handbook. (via Betty Crocker)

4. Everything You Need to Know About Brining: There are so many different schools of thought when it comes to brining. No worries, though, the Food52 community cuts to the chase, so you鈥檒l have a succulent, not salty, showpiece. (via Food52)

5. Turkey Hotline for Day of Questions: Uhhh, did you know there鈥檚 a Butterball Turkey Talk-Line? Yes, a hotline where you can get 24/7 help on any turkey-related question you have exists (and has for years). (via People)

Essential How-tos

6. Perfect Roast Turkey: From the Friday night chicken master herself Ina Garten, comes the perfect no-fuss, lightly-trussed turkey. (via Food Network)

7. Fried Turkey With Southern Rub: Fried turkeys can be a dangerous undertaking with delicious results. Follow the instructions here for a crisp-skinned bird that鈥檚 ready in just a short amount of time. (via Chow)

8. Slow-Grilled Turkey: Why not give your oven a break and take it outside if the weather allows? (via Martha Stewart)

9. Sous-Vide Turkey: Scroll down a few lines to learn how you can show off your sous vide skills this Thanksgiving. The sous-vide, deep-fried turkey porchetta is perfection. (via Serious Eats)

10. Crock Pot Turkey Breast: Slow cookers are no longer relegated to making weeknight dinners a possibility; let yours do the heavy lifting for a practically set-it-and-forget-it turkey. (via Dine and Dishes)

11. Small Turkey Recipes: If you鈥檝e got only a few folks coming to Thanksgiving dinner, these paired down turkey recipes are for you. They cut down on the servings, but don鈥檛 skimp at all in the flavor department. (via Brit + Co)

Carving, Finishing Touches and More

13. How to Carve a Turkey: With tons of pictures to show you the way, you鈥檒l have a carved bird that鈥檇 make a butcher proud. (via POPSUGAR)

13. How to Make Gravy: Making perfectly lump-free, full-flavored gravy is totally possible, all without a recipe. (via Food52)

14. Homemade Stock: Don鈥檛 toss that turkey carcass 鈥 it鈥檚 just what you need to make a pot of stock for mere pennies. (via The Crepes of Wrath)

Alright, who鈥檚 ready to tackle the big bird now? If we missed any of your favorite tips, please feel free to share below!

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