Bears’ 2015 Thanksgiving

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  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Bears’ 2015 Thanksgiving 

    OK—WE had our 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner at Bear Jr’s Den again.
    He has plenty of room, and his Wife’s Parents & Sister were staying the weekend (from Jersey).

    Mrs Bear made some of the things I noted below, and Bear Jr Smoked the Turkey.
    I gave him a pack of Mad Hunky Poultry Brine, and he soaked the 20 pound Turkey over night in that.
    That stuff is the only brine we ever used that doesn’t leave any Salt flavor on or in the Bird Meat !!
    He Smoked it at 300° to 320° for 5.5 hours, until it was @ 168° IT, and it was really Juicy!!
    Best Tasting Turkey we Ever Had !!

    The Captions below explain most of what’s in the Pics.

    Thanks For Stopping By,


    Two Pumpkin Pies Mrs Bear made to take along to Bear Jr’s house:

    And some Personal Size Pineapple Upside Down Cakes by Mrs Bear:
    She also made the Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts & the Stuffing.

    Bear Jr said the Turkey was shivering, and he felt bad for him, so he turned the heat on:

    And the Game Begins:

    Beautiful 20 pound Bird Bear Jr Smoked in his Big Green Egg:

    Big Bird ready for consumption:

    Pit-Boss Diesel is guarding the Windows:

    Left to right, Mashed Taters, Stuffed Mushrooms, Mashed Sweet Taters under Marshmallows, Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts,
    and Turkey. (And a couple Gravy Boats):

    Continued Left to Right from Turkey, Stuffing, more Stuffed Mushrooms, and Green Bean Casserole (Rolls not shown):

    Desserts (Pies); Coconut Custard, Apple, Pumpkin:

    After Dinner, I took a couple Pics of Bear Jr’s Collection of Headmounts. They look small because I had to back up to get 3 in one Pic:

    11 Pointer on the opposite wall from the other 3:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty spread Bear! Happy Holidays!
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking meal, Bear!!! That 20lbr looks like the perfect fit for the BGE. Hope you had an enjoyable gathering with the family...I have no doubt the food was GREAT!!!

  4. Nice looking meal and Deer mounts.  I love Pineapple upside down cake. and those mini's really look good as well as the punkin pie.

    Beautiful color on that bird. You tell BJ  I said that was one of the best looking birds I've seen.   A really great and special time


  5. Uh Oh    I see Bear claws and an electric knife !!!!

    Last edited: Nov 30, 2015
  6. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Not one thing there that I wouldn't devour. Tasty looking stuff!

    Happy Holidays!

  7. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's the best looking bird I think I've seen,nice spread all around!
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    All of that looked wonderful! It's hard to beat good food, great family, and memorable visits! This time of year is great!
  9. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    I'm glad you had a great thanksgiving with your family!
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Case!!

    You guys have Great Holidays Too!!

    Thanks Eric!!

    We did have a Great time & the Vittles were Very Good.

    Thanks for stopping in!!

    Thanks Gary!!

    I'll tell him---He'll love hearing that came from you!! [​IMG]

    And Thanks for the Point !!

  11. c farmer

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

    Great time I am sure. Everything looks great. Food, mounts, house.

  12. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It looks like a wonderful day Bear.  Thank you for sharing.

  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL----A couple of LJ's Toys.

    Thank You b-one!!

    Thank You Duke!!

    And Thanks for the Point !!

  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You CB !!

    I completely agree!!

    Thanks Steve!!

    It was Great !

    It wasn't long ago, I was in the Hospital 28 days, with Thanksgiving in the middle of that span.

    This was a lot more Fun!!

  15. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bear Looks great!! Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and your family 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great Bear & Mrs. Bear, but of course it would. Glad you and yours had a great time.
  17. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That looks great Bear I have to stop looking at these smoked birds.I roasted mine.Thanks for sharing


  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Adam!!

    Bear Jr & his wife do a Great Job!!  They also have taken over Christmas Eve for my side of the Family, and have been doing a Great Job.

    Thank You Brian!! It really was.

  19. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Simply Fantastic, thanks for sharing
  20. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Bear that turkey looks really good.  Well done.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015

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