Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with loved ones and indulging in a bountiful feast. While turkey has traditionally been the star of the Thanksgiving table, adding other meats to your menu can bring a delightful twist and cater to different palates. In this blog post, we will explore why ham, roast beef, and lamb make excellent additions to your Thanksgiving spread.
Ham has long been a beloved choice among meat enthusiasts during Thanksgiving. Kids love it, adults love it, everyone loves it! The rich, smoky taste of a killer cooked ham, sliced to perfection with your Dalstrong slicer, provides a delectable contrast to the turkey's mild flavors. I love to add a kick of sweetness to my ham glaze to kick it up a notch.
While turkey traditionally rules Thanksgiving, beef will always be king! If you’re looking for a heartier alternative to turkey, prime rib is the perfect choice. Its robust flavors and succulent tenderness create a mouthwatering centerpiece that will have your guests eagerly reaching for seconds. Prime rib can be cooked to different levels of doneness (the rarer the better in my book), catering to individual preferences. I love to season with rosemary, garlic, and some Chicks That Smoke Seasoning. Serve it with a side of horseradish sauce or au jus for an added burst of flavor. The addition of prime rib to any meal is always a level up!
If you're looking to class it up a bit for your Thanksgiving feast, lamb is a superb option. For a large group, I’d recommend leg of lamb. For a smaller group, consider a rack of lamb (or two). Known for its delicate yet distinct flavor profile, lamb adds a refined and sophisticated element to your celebratory meal. Lamb pairs wonderfully with a variety of herbs and spices, allowing you to elevate its taste even further. Incorporating lamb into your Thanksgiving menu will definitely showcase your culinary skills and makes for a memorable dinner.
We get it, turkey is the quintessential centerpiece for Thanksgiving. However, expanding your meat options to include ham, roast beef, and lamb opens up a world of flavors and textures that will delight your guests. These meats offer variety and the opportunity to experiment with different cooking techniques and sides. So, go ahead and embrace inner BBQ animal and the spirit of Thanksgiving by introducing these delightful meat additions and creating a feast that is sure to be remembered for years to come.