10 Thanksgiving Turkey Horror Stories

Ever burned your bird beyond recognition? Or forgot to remove the plastic-wrapped giblets before roasting? You're not alone. Our brave home cooks share their funniest — and most tragic — turkey tales.
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  • Ashy Turkey

    Fail #8: No Backup Plan

    "One year I was smoking my turkey and accidentally spilled wine into the charcoal pan, and ash went flying everywhere! The turkey was fine, but the liquid in the pan was ruined — I couldn't use it to make gravy. I used chicken stock instead and made the gravy without any drippings — put in enough mushrooms and your gravy will always be a success!" -duonyte

    Our Tip: Keep a few jars of pre-made gravy and a box of stuffing on hand in case disaster strikes!

    Photo by matthewreid

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