2014 Thanksgiving Dinner at Bear Jr’s House

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  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    2014 Thanksgiving Dinner at Bear Jr’s House

    It was nip & tuck here at the Bear Cave for Thanksgiving Dinner, because we got 10” of snow the night before & we lost electric for a couple hours on Wednesday night, and a couple more on Thursday morning, but luckily power was restored at 10 AM Thanksgiving Morning.

    Bear Junior is my Turkey Goto guy, so he got the call. This year he brined an 18 pounder in Mad Hunky Poultry Brine, and smoked it in his Large “Big Green Egg”.

    He confessed to me that he just barely had enough lump to do the job, because the bag he saw in his garage was a 50 pound bag of Fish Food, and not Lump charcoal. LOL

    Mrs Bear made the Filling, the Green Bean Casserole, and some dessert things, and Bear Jr’s wife made the rest of the sides & a Pumpkin Pie.

    We skipped the dessert because we were all stuffed & nobody wanted to miss any of the Cowboy Butt-Kickin’ by the Eagles. (Final 33-10)

    Check out the Pics Below & enjoy.


    Here we go—Only uncovering the BGE (Left) for one 18 pound Turkey:

    Closer look shows a lot of snow but no ice on the pond yet:

    And a look inside:

    All Done & ready to carve:

    Diesel is paying close attention, but none for him. He gets a Smoked Cow Femur Bone, while we eat.
    Sorry about the blurry picture, but Diesel isn't good at holding still.

    Bear Jr likes to get fancy with his Turkey Parts:

    Sides Left to Right—Mashed Taters, Corn, Green Bean Casserole, and Candied Sweet Taters. Filling missing from picture.

    Turkey sliced, and warm rolls in basket under towel:

    Bear’s first helping:

    And Mrs Bear was playing around again, and made some Candy Turkeys and some Candy Acorns:
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  2. [​IMG]Wow !!!   Nice very nice.  That Turkey looks great like the way he cuts it up, Everything looked Tasty to me, Tell him good job for an old timer down in the Real East Texas

    Gary   [​IMG]    
  3. It all looks very tasty! I like the creative slicing of the bird. Please keep your snow to your self.

    Happy smoken.

  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well , the Son has followed his Father's steps . Great looking Bird and sides . Your Labbie is beautiful [​IMG]  . May you all be blessed this Holiday Season , including  your Puppy .

    Stan and Pat King...
  5. Bear,

    You always have the best "Bearview" guess that's why it's called that! LOL

    The snow scene is beautiful but you can have it....makes nice "Bearview". Also makes a lot of work and in order to have snow you have to have cold!

    The turkey looks wonderful as do all the trimmings and the candy turkey are "sweet"!

    You and Mrs have to be proud of the job the young 'uns did there.

    Love the fish pond off the porch. Nice touch!

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Gary!!

    Means a lot coming from a Texan!![​IMG]

    Thank You David!!

    Nobody seems to want much of the cold white stuff!!

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  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Stan!!

    Yup---He's a good kid (LOL---42 year old kid).

    The Pup "Diesel" is Bear Jr's Chocolate Lab.

  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great meal.   

    I love the way your son plated that turkey.

    And the candy turkeys?  Mrs. Bear is good.
  9. litterbug

    litterbug Smoke Blower

    Can you do a step by step on those candy corn turkeys. I'm lost as to what the turkeys head is made of and what your using to "glue" it all together.
  10. Hello Bear.  A beautiful meal and the son learned well thanks to you.  BUT MY GOSH MAN!!!!  Those first 2 pictures cut to the bone.  I don't "do" cold.  I had to grab a blanket after looking at that!  Looks like a fine Thanksgiving was had by all.  Hope you and those you love are all well.  Keep Smokin!

  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes, I'm sure the Choco is a favorite , after the sibling ?
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Dick!!

    I appreciate all the kind words!

    He just restocked a couple years ago (Bass, Perch, Crappies, and Trout).

    And the Catties that have been thriving & reproducing for a few years will be ready to begin the harvest next Spring.[​IMG]

    Thank You Adam!!


    She found it on the Internet, but she used Oreos, small Reese's for the Body, malted Milk Ball for the Head, & she melted Chocolate for the glue.

    Don't know if it's allowed, but below is a link to one I just found on U-Tube.


    https://search.yahoo.com/search;_yl...p=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=oreo candy corn turkey
  13. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That all looks so good.  
  14. aceoky

    aceoky Smoking Fanatic

    Very well done and a group effort at that-

  15. troutter

    troutter Fire Starter

    I have never seen a turkey carved like that.  Was the bone removed before carving the breast or do the cuts run along the breast bone???  I'm sitting here in amazement!  lol
  16. The skeleton is left in the kitchen. The breast halves are removed as a whole muscle, The thighs are often placed under the breast halves on the platter  so that you see the breasts, wings and drums.
  17. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great presentation of the Turkey!

    Hope it tasted as good as it looked!

    Smokin Monkey �
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Danny!!

    It was a bit cold, but all had a good time!!

    Hoping you & yours are doing well too!!!

    Yup---That dog "Diesel" is 80 pounds, but all muscle.

    They take him to the park & run for miles, 3 or 4 times a week, and he swims in a Trout Stream there!  Big chest & tiny waste!!

    His favorite toy is a 28" orange road traffic cone!! He runs around with it like it was a small stick!

  19. heubrewer

    heubrewer Meat Mopper

    What are the turkey candy head and beak candies made of. Those look great. Another great job by the Bear family
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Sir!!

    Thank You Much, Aceoky!!

    Thank You!!

    He slides the knife right along the breast bone, and removes the breasts in 2 nice solid pieces of meat. Then slices them from there. Nice & easy to slice & to serve & eat.


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