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Turkey Carving Tips: A Family Tradition

First rule of carving a turkey is to have a sharp carving knife which is going to be critical in achieving great results. My grandfather taught me how to do this the right way and Elizabeth Karmel liked the technique so much, she published it in Taming The Flame, which was her first and most comprehensive cook book. Here is a quick run through of a way to do it that is easier and smarter than the traditional method and it keeps the turkey slice, smaller and juicy.

  1. First remove the thighs, legs and wings from the turkey by pulling away from the bird and then cutting them from the body.
  2. Remove all of the meat from the thighs, and pile it on the platter as dark meat, you can do the same with the legs, but I usually put this on the tray.
  3. Then, at the top of the breast, slice down along the rib cage and remove both of the breasts in two large pieces. (Trim off all the excess white meat you may have missed)
  4. Lay the breast down flat on the cutting board length wise and slice across the breast for “crescent shaped chunks” and make them as thin or as thick as you wish.

After slicing the breast, I use the knife as a spatula and life the entire sliced breast onto the platter and assemble it with the dark meat and drumsticks for a beautiful presentation. People can then take as many slices as they want and keeping the breast sliced but assembled keeps the slices moist throughout the serving. Jeffrey Elliot in his book The Complete Book of Knife Skills: The Essential Guide to Use Techniques and Care, did great Step by Step Photo Guide of this process which was featured in the Huffington Post if you need a visual.

Great Video on Brining a Turkey

We have written a lot about brining on our blog in the past and Gretchen and I are big believers in brining, especially your thanksgiving turkey and we think that this is just a great video showing you how to do it right! We plan to cook two turkeys, one on the gas grill and one on the smoker, both will be brined!

Most of us will be cooking turkeys next week! Cookshack has prepared a video to show you our favorite way to prepare birds for smoking. Cookshack CEO Stuart Powell demonstrates how to brine your turkey for moist, tender results. The video is short, but includes what you need to know to smoke a turkey that family and friends will love. (Might want to smoke two of them!)

Thanksgiving Turkey 101 – On the Grill Or In The Oven!

Everything you need to cook Thanksgiving Turkey

Everything you need to cook Thanksgiving Turkey

How will you cook your Thanksgiving Turkey this year? Is the plan to just pop it in the oven and go, or are you looking for something a little more out of the ordinary? If you are cooking it in the oven the GrillFriends Turkey Lifter is no longer sold seperately as it has been discontinued so your best bet is to make the investment in the GrillFriends Turkey 101 kit which includes a GrillFriends Glow in the Dark Thermometer, Super Silicone Angled Basting Brush, and the hard to find Turkey Lifter. The kit also includes a bonus Comprehensive Turkey Guide, written by Elizabeth Karmel on How to Cook a Turkey in the oven or on the grill.

Every year Gretchen and I cook ours on the grill and we do one on the gas grill using a GrillFriends Turkey Sitter and another on the Weber Kettle in a roasting rack where we cook it on the coals smoking it with Oak for a unique taste.  It is also critical to brine a Turkey, whether it is on the grill or in the oven as it makes the Turkey tender and is sure to please your guests every time. We did a You Tube video on How to Barbecue a Turkey which is a quick overview but really helpful.