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Countdown To Thanksgiving: 30 Tips For Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

In 2013, I posted this series of Thanksgiving tips & tricks on the TVWB Facebook and Twitter pages. If you're not following TVWB on social media, I hope you will! Here are the links:


28 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Use a good, sharp carving knife. It's safer to cut with a sharp knife than a dull one, and your slices will look better, too. Or, dig out that electric carving knife from the back of the kitchen cabinet. They do a great job of evenly slicing turkey breast. And brush-up on your kitchen knife safety skills with this helpful PDF.

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27 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
You never want to grill or barbecue your FIRST turkey on Thanksgiving Day in front of family & friends. Talk about PRESSURE! Instead, buy a practice turkey for an early test run. You can eat some now and freeze the rest for later. http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkeyselect.html

26 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
This is probably the easiest and most foolproof way to cook a turkey in the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. Best of all, it requires no attention to the cooker's temperature. http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey4.html

25 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
What would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? Here are 5 ways to upgrade your mashed potatoes this year. http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?46090-Five-ways-to-upgrade-mashed-potatoes

24 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
You can't have turkey and mashers without GRAVY! Here's a recipe that's a favorite with TVWBB members. http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?15405-All-Purpose-Gravy-from-Almost-Nothing-%28Cook-s-Illustrated%29

23 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Here's a great Thanksgiving read...simple, foolproof classic recipes and new takes on old standbys. https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400069912/thevirtualweberb

22 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Why not add spiral-sliced ham to your Thanksgiving menu? It's simple using the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker! http://virtualweberbullet.com/ham2.html

21 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Cornbread is a staple on many Thanksgiving tables. Here's a recipe for one of the best--sour cream cornbread--plus a few more for your consideration. http://virtualweberbullet.com/cornbread.html

20 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
It may not be the best turkey carving video, but it gets the job done, and it's not overly verbose. In fact, no dialogue at all! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjm_qxlp81s

19 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Ever wondered where the tradition of breaking the wishbone comes from? http://mentalfloss.com/article/31579/why-do-we-wish-turkey%E2%80%99s-wishbone

18 Day 'Til Thanksgiving
Apple Brined Turkey...one of our most popular recipes over the years! http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey6.html

17 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Got turkey questions? We've got turkey answers! Visit the Turkey Talk forum on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board! http://tvwbb.com/forumdisplay.php?81-Turkey-Talk

16 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Have you tried a butterflied turkey? All you need is a good pair of kitchen shears. http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey8.html

15 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Can you brine a turkey that's already enhanced, like a Butterball? Why yes, you can. Read this testimonial. http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?31738-Breaking-the-Brining-Rules

14 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Five delicious recipes for turkey stuffing. http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?25019-Stuffing-for-Turkey

13 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Does tryptophan really make you sleepy--and is turkey to blame? Experts set the record straight. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-truth-about-tryptophan

12 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
If you only like the white meat, why not barbecue just the white meat? http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey5.html

11 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Rinsing a turkey before cooking is no longer recommended. This article from the USDA explains why:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/washing-food-does-it-promote-food-safety/washing-food
This video from New Mexico State University illustrates what happens when you do: http://youtu.be/JZXDotD4p9c

10 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Award-winning Keri's Yeast Rolls...heavenly! http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?26394-Keri-s-Yeast-Rolls-1st-Place-OK-State-Fair-2002

9 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Time to start planning for dessert! How about Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake? http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?9054-Pumpkin-Ginger-Cheesecake

8 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
This recipe goes back 13 years, but it's a good one! Honey brined and air dried for better skin! http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey2.html

7 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Can a "natural turkey" be injected with salt and spices "to enhance tenderness and juiciness"? Unfortunately, yes. Read this post to learn how to identify turkeys that are not enhanced. http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?26456-Buyer-Beware-Natural-turkey-may-be-injected

6 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
If your turkey is still in the freezer and you intend to thaw it in the refrigerator over several days, you need to start thawing it this weekend! http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkeyselect.html#thawing

5 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Don't carve the turkey breast on the bone! Remove it whole, then slice across the grain, as described in this article and video. http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkeyselect.html#carving

4 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Here's a transcript of the Twitter Turkey Chat with @KevinsBackyard and @VirtualWeber from November 19. Lots of great questions and answers! http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?46732-Turkey-Chat-on-Twitter-11-19-7pm-CT&p=503271&viewfull=1#post503271

3 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
Is pink turkey meat safe to eat? It depends on the internal temp of the meat. Read more... http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkeyselect.html#pink

2 Days 'Til Thanksgiving
For juicier meat, allow your cooked turkey to rest 20-30 minutes before carving. http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkeyselect.html#resting

1 Day 'Til Thanksgiving
Some final Turkey Day tips! http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?47065-1-Day-Til-Thanksgiving-Final-Turkey-Tips

Thanksgiving Day
It's Thanksgiving Day! Our tip for today: Give thanks for all the good people and good things in your life! Enjoy the turkey, have a slice of pie, and spend some quality time with family and friends!

1 Day After Thanksgiving
Last tip, I promise. Looking for great leftover turkey ideas? Members of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board have got you covered! http://tvwbb.com/showthread.php?47066-Ideas-for-leftovers

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Updated: 11/14/2015

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