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Thanksgiving: Margueritas and Turkeys

Friday night, family decided to go to Gus’s BBQ for dinner.  That is always a favorite with both teenagers  – something for everyone.  As featured in our Day 13 of 365 Things To Do In Pasadena, our favorites include their corn bread, combo meat platters and of course spicy hot wings.

I wasn’t very hungry this time so I decided to try one of their bar drinks and pick a bit from everyone else’s plates.  The place was hopping, but thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long for our table and were seated in the back room which was a bit quieter than the main restaurant.

I felt like something sweet and sour and the waiter recommended their Cadillac Marguerita.  He said it was a favorite of many.  Served in an ice cold, salt rimmed glass, it had plenty of freshly squeezed lime juice with pieces of lime at the bottom.  It was light, and had just the right amount of sweetness to cut through the sourness.

Cadillac Marguerita at Gus's BBQ South Pasadena
Cadillac Marguerita at Gus's BBQ

As I’m sitting there enjoying my drink, my husband sees a sign – Smoked Turkey for Thanksgiving with cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy.  Now… he has this idea that he wants to have smoked turkey.  “Hey…” he says “why not try something new?  And, you can relax this year and not cook!”  My daughter, gets all excited, and joins the chorus of yes’s.  So… we ended up ordering a Smoked Turkey from Gus’s for Thanksgiving.

Smoked Turkey from Gus's BBQ

Personally, as much as I like Gus’s, I wasn’t quite sure that I wanted to have smoked, pre-cooked turkey (you have to pick it up the day before and reheat before serving.)  I’m hoping that it will still be nice and juicy and that the smoked flavor will not be overwhelming.   I was excited to see that Trader Joe’s was selling fresh, pre-brined turkeys which I was going to lovingly cook.  🙂

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Well… I wasn’t going to go against the popular vote so I went ahead and placed the order with an addition of creamed corn and sauteed southern greens.  I’ll report back on the success or lack of our Thanksgiving Dinner next week.

In the meantime, if you’d like to order your turkey, today is the last day to place your order.  It’s $99.99 and includes:

  • 16 lb Smoked Turkey
  • 1/2 pan Cornbread Stuffing
  • 1 Quart Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Quart Turkey Gravy

You can add a homemade Orange Bourbon Pecan Pie to the order for $20.  Call Gus’s at 626-799-3251 to order by end of day today.

Are you cooking your turkey or do you have a favorite place to order yours?  Would love to hear from you!

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