5 Nontraditional Thanksgiving Roasts + What to Serve with Them

November 21, 2014

Each week, Cara Nicoletti of The Meat Hook is helping us get to know our favorite cuts a little bit better – and introducing you to a few new ones, too. Read on, study up, then hightail it to your nearest butcher.

Today: Who says turkey should have all the fun?

Turkey is all well and good, but there's something to be said for breaking from tradition -- for avoiding the stress of a dry bird and turning instead to a less traditional alternative on Thanksgiving.

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So if you're fed up with the sea of turkey propaganda out there, or it's really just not your thing, or you haven't gotten around to ordering one and you refuse to buy a Butterball -- here are a few nontraditional roasts and friends from Cara that will still sit proudly on your holiday table. (In fact, Cara doesn't even cook a turkey on Thanksgiving: She roasts two chickens instead. So you do you.)

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Crispy Pulled Pork Shoulder


Simple Roast Pork Loin


Sweet and Savory Brisket


Balsamic-Braised Lamb Shanks


Chicken Giblet Gravy


Grandy's Sausage Stuffing


Chicken Stock for Basting

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