I Pre-Party Before Thanksgiving

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.

Let Me Explain BBQ and Turkey

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
  • Eat

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.