If you beat yourself up for dipping into the Thanksgiving goodies before Dinner is ready, you shouldn’t. Thanksgiving is like any other big event and warrants a “pre-party”. A warm-up to make sure the you’re race ready and ready for primetime.
Today, the day before Thanksgiving I primed my pump with a BBQ Turkey Sandwich from Whole Foods.
Now let me be clear: I’m a big fan of Whole Foods but I’ve beat them up pretty good when it comes to sandwiches. I’m not sure what it is, but no matter what sandwich I order from their deli, it tastes like a dog’s breakfast (i.e., a bunch of ingredients that taste like they’ve been thrown together without any thought or consideration.)
Today was a different story. In what started as a simple scouting trip to check to see if their Turkey was Thanksgiving-worthy, turned into a delicious sandwich that has put Whole Foods back on the sandwich map.
I was a simple sandwich: fresh cut Turkey, BBQ sauce, dill pickles and onions. Really nice.
And if you’re wondering, yes, the Turkey was Thanksgiving-worthy.
It’s hard to believe, but I don’t think I’ve ever discussed how to properly serve a BBQ Turkey Sandwich. I have to admit, that I never really knew how to do this until I moved to Texas. But having lived there for six years and eaten plenty o’ BBQ Turkey Sandwiches while I was there, I know my shit.
First of all, here are the ingredients and plate presentation:
- Sliced (the Turkey is usually smoked)
- Dill Pickles – sliced in Hamburger Chip style
- Sliced White Onions
- Sliced bread – usually White
- BBQ Sauce – in an unlimited supply
- (keep in mind that the meat is interchangeable – brisket, turkey, chicken – I just prefer Turkey)
- Smother the Turkey with the sauce.
- Put the Turkey on the bread and top with the Pickles and Onions
That’s how you do it. And I’m shocked that someone could open up a BBQ joint and not know this shit. At Big Papa’s BBQ in Littleton tonight, they looked at me like a leper tonight when I asked for bread and pickles and more sauce to accompany my Smoked Turkey. Sorry, but a big hunk of Turkey (by itself) on a plate doesn’t do it for me.
To top it all off, they didn’t get the bread or pickles right. They brought out a hoagie roll and sweet pickles.
Big Papa – Get your BBQ shit together.