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Thu Nov 23, 2017

Pulled Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

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Barbecue Turkey Sandwiches

Happy Thanksgiving Meatwavers! If you're anything like me, you're probably busy in the kitchen right now prepping everything for a gigantic and delicious feast this evening. Then you get to enjoy that meal again the next day, and the next, and the next thanks to what feels like endless leftovers. Seeing as I'm not much of a leftovers guy, the repetitiveness of eating the same thing over and over becomes unappetizing, so I'm always looking at ways to reuse that holiday spread in creative ways that makes it feel new again and I had what I think is a pretty good idea this year—pulled barbecue turkey sandwiches.

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Thu Nov 17, 2016

Smoked Turkey Stuffed Potato Skins

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Smoked Turkey Potato Skins

I'll wager a good bet that come next Friday, you'll have a whole mess of turkey leftovers you need to find something to do with. I personally can usually only handle reheated plain turkey once—let's face it, it's never as good reheated and there are only so many sub-standard meals I can willing prepare for myself. That leaves me finding ways to reuse those leftovers in forms that are more exciting and delicious, such as in sandwiches, salads, and the like. While it wasn't a Thanksgiving bird, I did find myself with a generous amount of leftover Texas-style smoked turkey a few weeks ago, and I really don't think I could have put it to better use than in these smoked turkey stuffed potato skins.

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Thu Nov 3, 2016

Texas-style Smoked Turkey

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Texas-style Smoked Turkey

You can bet beef ribs and brisket top my list of things to eat each time I'm in Texas, but I've oddly become drawn another meat that's growing more common around smokehouses in the Lone Star state—turkey. Yup, you read that right, my go-to has become a three meat trifecta, leaving to the wayside things like pork ribs and pulled pork, which usually aren't shining stars of Texas barbecue in my opinion. It's the simplicity that works so well with turkey—a mere salt and pepper rub and slow smoke renders a meat juicier and tastier than what often graces my holiday table. So with Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought now was a fitting time to give Texas-style smoked turkey a try at home.

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Tue Nov 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

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Thanksgiving Turkey Burger

Last year I took my inevitable Thanksgiving leftovers and pressed them into an incredible panini. Between those two toasted, crusty pieces of bread, the flavors of roast turkey, sugary-tart cranberry sauce, sweet and savory cornbread stuffing, and rich gravy combined into a killer sandwich that captured all the comforts of the holiday in one bite. I thought that for those looking for a smaller scale Thanksgiving meal, this would be a perfect flavor-packed substitute. But it would also require cooking each ingredient separately—not very practical. So it left me thinking—how could you capture a similar experience with days of work? That answer: Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers.

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Tue Nov 17, 2015

Grilled Spatchcocked Turkey

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Grilled Spatchcocked Turkey

At this point I feel like I've done turkey every which way over the flames. I've slow smoked birds, flavor-brined them, rubbed them in an herb butter, done them up beer-can style, cajun-style, stuffed turkey breasts with cranberries, wrapped them in bacon, turned them into burgers, and more. It seemed like I was reaching a turkey saturation point...I'd managed to exhaust almost all backyard grilling options except one: spatchcocking.

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