A good smoked turkey is hard to beat, especially when brined and managed properly.
A good fried turkey is hard to beat as well, but I have found it's very easy to miss the mark and more so than I assumed initially given the "frying".
We'll do ~35 turkeys for the "neighborhood" the day before thanksgiving and one of them will be mine. I always have a backup now...LOL, and last year it was a smoked one.
I don't fry the turkeys...I just smoke the ribs...at least 9 racks of oversized Costco "baby backs". It's a bit much keeping them cooking evenly, but with a goodly amount of beverages flowing...first world problems!
Thanks for the birthday wishes. Went shopping in New Hampshire, went for a short hike and then had a a nice quiet dinner at home. One of the advantages of being my age is you do not have to dread getting old as you are already old.