While everyone thinks fondly of Thanksgiving meals as being a time to be with family and celebrating the fall season, the person hosting the event may have different feelings. There can be a lot of stress for the host or hostess and especially when it comes to the star of the show – the turkey.Sure you can pick up a turkey at any local grocery store, but if you want the best, you’ll have to dig a little deeper. Fortunately for you, we already did the hard work. Below your find two well-respected meat shops and one amazing smoke shop that will find you the perfect bird.

Bob’s Quality Meats
4861 Rainier S.
Seattle, WA  98118
(206) 725-1221
www.bobsqualitymeats.comTo be quite frank, Bob’s Quality Meats website is pretty plain with absolutely no frills, but that is fitting for this butcher shop. While you would expect to find the freshest meats offered here, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that all of their meat products are grass-fed with no hormones or antibiotics. As they say, “only the good stuff!” Any day of the week you’ll find a huge selection of meat products for sale. Need something special, just give them 2-3 day head start. As for where Thanksgiving is concerned, you won’t just find whole turkeys, but large selection of different cuts as well including fresh turkey neck, smoked turkey neck, smoked turkey drumstick, whole fresh turkey, ground turkey, turkey breast, whole smoked turkey, half smoked turkey and turkey tail.

Rain Shadow Meats
404 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 467-4854
www.rainshadowmeats.comRain Shadow Meats is a neighborhood butcher shop with an emphasis on whole animal butchery while working with local farms so that they can offer the highest quality products. Russell Flint has over ten years of experience and is known for his culinary skills as well as he has served at the Sous Chef at the Boat Street Café as well. His vast knowledge of cuts of meat and how to prepare them will give you the confidence you need to prepare a fantastic Thanksgiving meal worth remembering. Rain Shadow Meats get their turkeys from Nicky farms in Northern California, a vegetarian and non-GMO farm. All turkeys are delivered fresh and hormone and antibiotic free. Turkeys are offered in three sizes (small 10-14 pounds., medium 14-18 pounds. and large 18-22 pounds.) at $6.99 per pound. They are currently taking orders. A $25 deposit will hold your bird.

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Smokin Petes BBQ
1918 N.W. 65th
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-0454
www.smokinpetesbbq.comIf you really want to relax, let Smokin Pete do the cooking for you. They are currently taking orders for all-natural smoked turkeys and complete Thanksgiving meals until November 23, but don’t wait as they may sell out early. A small smoked turkey will set you back $65 and a large costs $89. All turkeys are prepared with fresh turkeys that are brined and smoked on site. Or you could go with the complete turkey dinner option. Meals for 6 are $135, 8-10 $175 and 10-12 $195. Each meal comes with gravy made from scratch, a choice of four sides, and a Smokin’ Pete’s Almost Famous Pie. Sides include Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Southern Collard Greens, Homemade Stuffing, Roasted Root Vegetable Medley, Spice Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Cranberry-Orange Sauce, Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins and Mac-n-Cheesy. Pie options include Pecan, Apple, Cherry, Pumpkin, Strawberry-Rhubarb and Key Lime.

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