Texans like to do things bigger and better, so it’s no surprise we apply this mentality to our holiday celebrations as well. Up the ante at this year’s Thanksgiving with these 4 tips for throwing the perfect Texas Thanksgiving.
1) The Turkey
Texas is known for our smoked BBQ, so it’s no surprise that we like to smoke our own turkeys for Thanksgiving too. Yes, an oven baked turkey is good; however, a turkey that has been smoked for hours is even better! Another option Texans love is to deep fry our turkeys. Just be sure that you use our turkey-frying safety tips when doing so!
2) The Pie
Sure, you can have flavors like pumpkin and apple at your table, but true-blooded Texans consider pecan pie a MUST for Thanksgiving dessert. If you want to try your hand at making it, we recommend this recipe from Texas Monthly. But if you want to save yourself the hassle, you can order a classic Texas pecan pie from Goode Co. It’s delicious and comes in a festive pine gift box.
3) The Décor
Set a Texas mood when your guests enter your home. Some simple ways to decorate for a Texas-style Thanksgiving is to put together some small flower arrangements using mason jars as the vase. Buy flowers in fall colors like red, orange, and yellow, place in a mason jar, and set them around your living areas and on top of the dinner table.
For a classic Texas centerpiece, clean up an old cowboy boot and use it as a vase. Place a cup of water inside the boot and then add some pretty fall-colored flowers to create aThanksgiving arrangement perfect for the Lone Star State.
4) The Sports
Since football is life in Texas, it’s a must to have a game or two playing during the Thanksgiving festivities. Football is so big that the most famous college rivalry games in Texas took place nearly every Thanksgiving night!
While the University of Texas vs. Texas A&M Thanksgiving rivalry game no longer exists, football fans can still watch plenty of great football. In fact, there are 3 NFL games this year!
Whether you are new to the state or a native since birth looking to add even more flair to your Texas Thanksgiving feast, the most important thing to incorporate into your Thanksgiving feast is friendship. It’s not only the state’s motto, it’s the Texas thing to do!