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 making sure that everyone has had ample opportunity to admire that gorgeous bird whole) and take a long, slender carving knife in hand. You’ll also need a carving fork or short spring-loaded tongs.
Note: Never carve or serve a turkey hot out of the oven. Let it rest, loosely draped with aluminum foil, for at least 20 minutes. The bird will be juicier.
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Adapted from Man Made Meals by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2014.