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Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Thanksgiving Episode

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This week on Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round table talks turkey–specifically Thanksgiving turkey. With the holiday fast approaching, our guys got together to discuss the finer points of deep frying safety, turkey alternatives, while also “inventing” two new cocktails.

As always, host Greg Nibler keeps Chase, Jake, and Sam on topic, the first of which is a quick recap of the guys’ favorite and least-favorite Thanksgiving dishes. From the highs of stuffing and cheesy potatoes to the lows of Waldorf salad and rutabaga.

Next up is a topic of import this Thanksgiving: safety when deep frying a turkey. Chase first offers some terrifying stats on deep frying dangers and then offers his advice such as: don’t do it indoors, don’t overfill your frying pot, and always turn off your propane burner when adding or removing the turkey.

The guys follow up with a few alternatives to roast turkey, including other bird options (like goose, tur-duck-en, and duck), honey-glazed hams, and going out for Chinese food.

The podcast is rounded out with Sam educating the guys about Thanksgiving cocktails. Sam suggests going with Thanksgiving flavors, such as cinnamon, clove, apple, pumpkin, and even cranberry.

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Thanksgiving Episode

Further Reading

How to Deep Fry a Turkey Without Killing Yourself
An in-depth look at safety along with the step-by-step process for safely deep frying a Turkey for Thanksgiving.

Alternatives to Roast Turkey
From grilled to smoked to braised, these are the best alternative methods to cooking up a turkey this holiday season.

Honey Ham Recipes
Who doesn’t love a good ham for Thanksgiving? We’ve got three recipes: pineapple-honey, honey-whiskey-clove, and honey-balsamic fig.

Thanksgiving Cocktails 
Form the Forbidden Fruit to the Sweet Potato Flip, our Thanksgiving cocktail list has all the best new drinks full of fall flavor.

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