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Grilled or Smoked: Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Grilled or Smoked: Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

In most households, turkey is the rock star of Thanksgiving dinner. Smoke-roasted whole and brought to the table with fanfare, it is the enduring symbol of this uniquely American holiday. But have you noticed, once plates are piled high, our forks tend to go to one of the side dishes? We can’t get enough of our herbed stuffing/dressing, candied yams, corn pudding, smashed potatoes, and inexplicably, old-school green bean casserole. Without straying too far from the prescribed path, may I suggest that...

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Applying Lessons Learned at BBQ U: Pumpkin Pie Hits the Grill

Applying Lessons Learned at BBQ U: Pumpkin Pie Hits the Grill

If barbecue is a religion, most of the time I find myself preaching to the choir. But last year at Barbecue University I had the opportunity to make a convert. Her name was Toni Dash and she came to BBQ U with terrific writing skills (from her blog, BoulderLocavore.com) but little experience grilling. Well, to judge from this innovative dessert—grilled pumpkin pie with a smoked gingersnap crust—she caught the holy fire. She’s also a mind reader, because...

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12 Dos and Don’ts to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

12 Dos and Don’ts to Cook the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Is it just me, or does America seem even more Thanksgiving-obsessed than ever? Practice turkeys. Turchettas. Turduckens. Brining kits. We just can’t seem to wait for this festival (make that orgy) of food, football, and family (not necessarily in that order). T-day may be the country’s favorite secular holiday, but it’s a bad time for Meleagris gallopavo. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88 percent of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving. That statistic is even more remarkable when you factor in our foreign-born population and vegetarians....

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Crash Course

How to Carve a Turkey

How to Carve a Turkey

You sourced an organic or heritage turkey, brined it with whiskey and maple syrup for a day and a night, and slow-smoked it over hardwood. You basted it conscientiously and made gravy from the smoky drippings. Now comes the fun part—or for many people the scary part—to carve it in front of an expectant hungry crowd. Well, we here at BarbecueBible.com have you covered. When you follow these six simple steps, anyone can approach the cutting board with confidence (after...

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Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

Talking Turkey: The Raichlen 12-Step Program for Taking Your Holiday Bird Over the Top

There’s a big difference in texture and taste between ice-hard frozen supermarket turkeys and fresh organic birds from your natural foods store or farmers’ market. The organic bird may seem a little tougher, but you can’t beat the flavor—or the knowledge that it’s free of hormones and chemical additives. You’ll need to order it ahead, so don’t wait until the last minute. So how big a turkey should you buy? Figure on 1 1/2 pounds per person. This will make you feel properly overfed...

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Battle of the Birds: Brining vs. Injecting

Battle of the Birds: Brining vs. Injecting

The contentious mid-term elections might be over, but American households are grappling with another controversy: Should this year’s Thanksgiving turkey be brined, injected, both, or none of the above? Like skillful politicians, let’s start by trying to find common ground. I think we can all agree that a lot of turkey comes to the table dry. So dry that it takes a generous, what-the-hell pour from the gravy boat to make it palatable. The reason is anatomical: the modern turkey is a large,...

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

Enter for a Chance to Win a Heritage Turkey for Thanksgiving

Heritage turkey farmer Frank Reese. Photo by Jim Richardson. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Heritage Foods USA is giving away one 16–18 pound USDA certified heritage turkey to make your celebration the best it can be. Enter below for a chance to win! Farmer Frank Reese's birds are pasture raised on the Kansas prairie and are never fed antibiotics. Frank and his team raise the truest example of the original heritage turkey: according to the USDA,...

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Turkey’s Second Coming

Turkey’s Second Coming

Forget about Thanksgiving dinner. I can’t wait until the day after Thanksgiving for leftovers. When else during the year can you look forward to turkey soup, turkey liver pate, smoked turkey sandwiches, and turkey hash in a single day? All this month, I’ve been telling you some of my favorite ways to cook turkey on the grill. You’ve mastered my spit-roasted adobo-marinated Cuban turkey with mojo. You’ve brined the bird in bourbon and smoked it over maple...

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The Raichlen Thanksgiving Menu

The Raichlen Thanksgiving Menu

Talk about irony. Ever wondered how turkey, that centerpiece of the American Thanksgiving feast, came to be named for a Muslim country in the Near East? Turkey was, indeed, native to the Americas—hunted in the wild by Massachusetts Indian tribes and domesticated on the Yucatan Peninsula by the Mayans. But when it came to marketing this New World food in Europe, the 17th century explorers and merchants named it for what had been a source of exotic foods and luxury goods for centuries:...

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The Secrets to the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Ever

The Secrets to the Best Thanksgiving Turkey Ever

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Especially when it comes to turkey. In our collective quest to find an antidote to the dry birds of Thanksgivings past, most of us have tried—at least once—a number of unconventional cooking techniques. Draping butter-soaked cheesecloth over the breast, for example. Or awkwardly flipping the bird from back to front and front to back as if it were a restless sleeper in the oven. Roasting the turkey in a buttered paper grocery bag....

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