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Relax: Here’s The Only Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe You Need In Your Life

Relax: Here’s The Only Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe You Need In Your Life

Let’s cut to the chase: You want a turkey recipe for Thanksgiving that will wow your guests year after year. Stop. You can abandon that exhausting, confusing, relentless search through magazines, newspapers, or the suck-you-in internet. Seriously, this is the ONE. This bourbon- and maple-brined turkey is unbeatable. Hands-down, it’s our favorite turkey recipe. Independently, Steven and I have been making it for Thanksgiving for years to...

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Enter for a Chance to Win the 2018 Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast Sweepstakes

Enter for a Chance to Win the 2018 Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast Sweepstakes

Thanksgiving is a holiday to reconnect with family and friends, to spend quality time together watching football and making merry. And the cornerstone of the holiday, which brings us together every year: The table piled high with food. Sausage stuffing, pies, sweet potatoes and more will grace our tables this year. And at the center of the feast, a mouthwatering turkey smoked to perfection. To help you host the best possible Thanksgiving feast, our friends have helped us bring together the ultimate...

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Outrageous and Fun: Fair Food to Grill At Home

Outrageous and Fun: Fair Food to Grill At Home

Forget cotton candy, caramel corn, and funnel cakes. If you’ve been to a fair or festival recently—the national calendar is clogged with dates in August and September—you know food offered on the midway has veered into “freak show” territory. Fried nuggets of pure butter, beer-battered dill pickles stuffed with hot dogs, and even deep-fried Kool-Aid. (Don’t ask.) With nearly everything on a stick. I couldn’t help myself: I started trolling newspapers, blogs, and the food press to find the most outrageous fair-type foods that could be replicated...

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Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

Dry Turkey? Never Again. My Strategy for a Succulent Bird

As you may know from my recent postings on Facebook and Twitter, I just returned from Italy where I spent several weeks shooting a grilling show for Gambero Rosso (“Red Prawn”), a food and wine magazine and publishing group founded in 1986. It was an over-the-top experience, exploring the Italian boot with a small crew, meeting grilling and smoking impresarios from Piedmont to Tuscany to Venice. But it was important to me to be home with family and friends...

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Your Secret Ingredient for the Best Thanksgiving Yet: Maple Syrup

Your Secret Ingredient for the Best Thanksgiving Yet: Maple Syrup

Here’s a little-known fact about Steven Raichlen: The guy loves maple syrup. So much so, that I gave him a trio of premium infused syrups for his birthday this past year. (Don’t judge me: He’s hard to buy for.) According to the University of Vermont, where they know a thing or two about maple syrup, the first written account of “sugaring” of maple sap in North America dates back to 1557. So it’s entirely possible that maple syrup made an appearance...

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Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

Our Best Thanksgiving Turkey Yet: Butter Under the Skin

The last three years, I have brined my Thanksgiving turkey with bourbon and aromatics and smoke-roasted it on a kettle grill, the lid raised by resting it on a rotisserie ring. (Notice I said smoke-roasted—not smoked. The former is done at a higher temperature to ensure crisp skin.) It’s simply the best turkey I know how to make. But what if there was a different way to cook, a better way? I searched my memory for the turkey I learned to make half a lifetime ago...

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A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

A Star Is Born: Grilled “Turketta” for Thanksgiving

People get cranky when you mess with Thanksgiving. As a newlywed, I once misguidedly served lobster on the most popular food holiday of the year. We were a small group, and I rationalized that the Pilgrims may have eaten lobster that first Thanksgiving. I had to keep a low profile for a while after that. We Americans do love our Thanksgiving food traditions: the mountains of buttery mashed potatoes; the boatloads of gravy; the pie; the stuffing; and...

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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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Your Guide to Heritage Meats

Your Guide to Heritage Meats

Left two photos by Edsel Little via Creative Commons. Right photo by Jim Richardson. If you’re a fan of the TV show Portlandia, you’ll remember the first episode where Peter and Nance pepper a restaurant server with questions about the chicken they are about to order. The waitress obliges them with the chicken’s photo and curriculum vitae—the fowl’s name is “Colin”—and he was raised, we learn, on a farm just south of Portland. Peter and Nance put a hold on the table and excuse themselves to check...

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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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