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How to carve a turkey

During your Pre-Big Green Egg days, Grandma, Grandpa or Momma or Daddy would assume the all important 'carving of the turkey' position. Sometimes the process would be a wonderful lesson in patience for both the carver and those waiting to be served.

Not much thought was given to how ragged the turkey began to look with each stroke of the knife. Everyone was hungry.

But now it's your turn to carve the turkey. After all, you cooked it on your Big Green Egg. Yes, the turkey you have been bragging about serving for months. Well, now is your make it or break it moment.

All eyes are on you. Even the small 'first impression' eyes will forever remember this moment.

But first, let's make sure we did everything right.

1. Selected the right size turkey.

2. Followed the turkey cooking insturctions closely.

3. Took photos of the cook from start to finish.

4. Sharpened your knife.

5. Positioned yourself over the beautifully cooked turkey.

6. Made your first cut.

7. Then the second cut.

8. Then the third cut.

That's when the 'Oooos and Aaaas' start, assuming you cut it properly. Silence if you appear to be attacking that beautiful turkey you worked so hard to perfect.

You sure can't share photos of a poorly carved turkey. It would be embarassing after all the hype and anticipation. But all those eyes at the table are silently saying "He doesn't know how to carve a turkey."


You just changed the scene from a wonderful and memorable experience to just another typical Thanksgiving dinner.

So let's go back to the check list.

Oh!!! After all that prep, all that cooking, all that waiting for the magic moment you forgot to learn how to carve the turkey.

So, let's learn how to carve a turkey now, not at the table in front of all those eyes.

Here are three versions. Watch them closely and remember the steps. You will be smiling as you make that first cut because everything will be perfect.

How to carve a turkey

Alton Brown version:

Chef Gordon Drysdale version:

You're doing it all wrong. How to carve a turkey version:

You're welcome.

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Spring Texas USA


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