There’s nothing more manly than carving a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. But—if for some reason—turkey is absent from this year’s menu, below is a list of ten turkey alternatives for anyone sitting around your dinner table (or coffee table or football tailgate or wherever).
1. Sloppy Joes.
For an explosion of sensational flavors, dig into a messy meat-filled sandwich that has the perfect blend of savory, spicy, and sweet all in one. Try using a recipe that combines ketchup and a strong dose of Worcestershire sauce, spicy hot sauce, and red pepper flakes.
2. Hot Wings.
Who doesn’t like roasted hot wings served with a cool blue cheese or ranch dip? Like any good dose of nachos, these are the perfect complement to any game day snack.
3. Butcher Burger.
If you can’t have turkey, and you crave a burger, you might as well go all out. Try a ground short rib beef burger topped with sharp Cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and pepper crusted bacon to create the ultimate juicy burger.
4. Baby Back Ribs.
Want to use your grill on Turkey Day? Grill up a juicy pepper-and-brown-sugar-roasted rack of ribs for an incredibly filling dinner.
5. Beer-Battered Corn Dogs.
Instead of a typical ‘hot dog,’ try using Bratwurst and soak your dogs in beer before frying (any light beer should do). Deep-fried Brats have a strong wheat flavor that balances out nicely by the breaded coating.
6. Prime Rib.
Don’t let your chef’s knife go to waste if you’re not carving a turkey—for there are few things more satisfying than plunging a sharp knife into a thick hunk of red-wine marinated steak—regardless if it’s on Thanksgiving Day or not. A prime rib will show anyone at your table how real men cook.
7. The Ultimate Nachos.
I’m not talking about your local-movie-theater-from-a-can nachos. I’m talking about manly, macho nachos—that combine chunky ground beef with black pepper, chili powder, chipotle powder, and hot sauce for a spicy meaty taste in every succulent bite. Top it off with your favorite blend of melted cheese and these nachos are perfect for watching anything on Thanksgiving Day.
8. Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Who needs turkey when pieces of tender pork shoulder melt in your mouth? Top it off with coleslaw and a side of rich, mac-and-cheese to make your sandwich even heartier. Yummy!
9. Deep-Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites.
If you’re at a football tailgate, these will make a great pre-game snack to have before a long day of drinking. Or include them as a side with your Sloppy Joe or Pulled Pork Sandwich while watching the game at home.
10. Stuffed Meatloaf.
How about a stuffed meatloaf dish that includes smoked Gouda and ham? And instead of ketchup, drizzle it with barbeque or A-1 sauce.