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Thanksgiving Perfection – Take a Bow

Here’s everything you need to get ready for and to enjoy Thanksgiving, including smoked and grilled turkey recipes, carving tips, planning hints, and recipes for sides and desserts. Celebrate the harvest!

roast turkey with sage

The Ultimate Grilled And Smoked Turkey Recipe Takes Any Holiday Over The Top

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Our grilled turkey recipe and smoked turkey recipe makes your ordinary holiday meal extraordinary! Here's everything you need to know about making the ultimate holiday bird including tips for shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving. We also bust some myths, discuss side dishes, and so much more!

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This Drunken Cranberry Sauce Will Enliven Your Holiday Table

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Meathead

This sweet and savory cranberry sauce recipe will have you kicking the canned stuff to the curb. Port and balsamic vinegar add an unexpected depth of flavor to this traditional holiday side dish. And most of the alcohol evaporates in the cooking, so you can serve it to the kids.
Smoked butternut squash soup in a bowl

Decadently Delicious Smoked Butternut Squash Soup

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Clint Cantwell

Rich and creamy with a delicate kiss of smoke, this recipe for grill roasted butternut squash soup is a wonderful way to kick off any fall or winter meal. The soup features smoked butternut squash, vegetable broth, heavy cream, and a touch of maple syrup, then it is served warm with a garnish of sour cream and pepitas!
stuffing muffins

Stuffin’ Muffins, Perfect Portions for the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

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Meathead

Step up your next holiday meal with this delicious recipe for sausage, sage and cranberry stuffing inspired by Chef David Rosengarten. Instead of serving an entire bowl of stuffing, this recipe calls for baking it in muffin pans to get them nice and crispy on all sides. Everyone gets a stuffing muffin, aka Muffing!
Turkey pot pie in serving dish

Amp Up Your Holiday Leftovers With This Smoked Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

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Meathead

Make the most of your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers with this delicious recipe for turkey pot pie. A twist on traditional chicken pot pie, this recipe nestles turkey, vegetables, gravy and apple beneath a flaky golden brown crust. You can also customize the recipe, swapping turkey for short ribs, pulled pork and more!
Smoked turkey on a bed of greens

Lighten Up Those Holiday Leftovers With This Smoked Turkey Salad

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Meathead

There is nothing better than leftover Thanksgiving turkey, that is except for this recipe for smoked turkey salad. The best thing about this recipe is that you can use it as a blank canvas, swapping out ingredients you don't like and adding new ones.
Spatchcocked turkey on the grill

Give Thanks For The Ultimate Spatchcock Turkey Recipe

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Clint Cantwell

This spatchcock (butterflied) turkey gets a boost of flavor from sage butter and citrus-herb salt before hitting the smoker or grill for the perfect dose of smoke and flame. By spatchcocking the turkey, you guarantee that the dark and white meat are cooked to perfection as the heat is dispersed evenly across the bird.
deep fried turkey setup

Deep Fried Turkey Makes A Fast Thanksgiving Feast

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Meathead

Thanksgiving dinner just got faster! Deep fried turkey delivers crisp skin and moist meat in record time. Just follow our safety precautions.
Sous-vide-que turkey parts on a plate

Sous Vide And BBQ Join Forces To Create The Best Turkey Ever

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Meathead

Sous Vide and the grill and smoke combine to make the best turkey you have ever tasted. This sous-vide-que turkey recipe results in superbly tender and and juicy meat from the low and slow sous vide method, highlighted by the delicate elegance of hardwood smoke and crispy skin that can only be achieved on the grill.
sliced and plated smoked turketta

Turketta Recipe: Stuffed And Smoked Turkey Breast

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Meathead

This flavor rich and visually stunning smoked turketta recipe is a fun holiday twist on traditional Italian porchetta. Turkey breast makes it much easier and faster than boning out a whole pig or even just the belly and loin. A stuffing of port soaked cranberries elevates the turkey breast to epic heights.
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Plated roast goose

Grill Roasted Young Goose Stuffed with Sauerkraut and Apples Recipe

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Dave Joachim

In Europe, goose is a very traditional holiday roast. Give this bird a try with a delicious recipe for roast goose stuffed with bacon, onions, and apples. Perfect for the Christmas holiday.
Apple cranberry crisp in a bowl

Dutch Oven Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe

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Meathead

This classic fruit crisp recipe cooks beautifully and get crunchy on top in a Dutch oven. In addition to being delicious, this Dutch oven apple cranberry crisp is also quite simple. Toss the fruit with sugar, pour into a Dutch oven, and add a crumb topping. Top the lid with charcoal briquets and cook to perfection.
Apple pie

Grilled All-American Apple Pie Recipe

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Meathead

Surprise the guests at your next BBQ cookout with this recipe for apple pie on a grill. What could be better after an All-American BBQ than all-American apple pie, cooked on the already warm grill. To make it easier to prepare, the recipe uses a crumble topping versus a second crust on top or a lattice topping.

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