The holidays means hours of meticulous menu planning, stressful calculations, and last-minute runs to an already ransacked grocery store. So here’s your chance to get in on what the loyal following of Sweet Auburn Barbecue has known for a while: holiday dinners doesn’t have to be that way.
When you’re a kid, the holidays are an epic one-day event; you’re eyeballs deep in the Macy’s Day Parade, when suddenly a platter of every comfort food you have ever craved magically appears before your very eyes. But when you’re all grown up, you realize that magic wasn’t really magic after all. It was hours of meticulous menu planning, stressful calculations, and last-minute runs to an already ransacked grocery store. So here’s your chance (but be swift, these are gonna go fast!) to get in on what the loyal following of Sweet Auburn Barbecue has known for a while: Holiday dinner doesn’t have to be that way. Owner Howard Hsu and his crew at Sweet Auburn Barbecue have a couple of options to help you take the stress-level down a notch (or ten!) this holiday season, and they both begin with turkey. The journey from ordinary bird to feast-worthy fowl starts with a 24-hour soak in their secret barbeque brine. Then it’s off to the in-house smoker where the turkey spends three and a half hours slow smoking over local hickory wood. In other words, be prepared to be delighted; this juicy bird is a nothing short of a nap-inducer. Just swing by their location in Poncey-Highland to nab a hearty 12-14 pound bird that will impress up to twelve of even the pickiest of pilgrims.
Smaller group who love the fixin's? Then choose their Holiday spread that's ready to land on your dining room table as if you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen for days. Feeding a hungry group of six, you’ll receive sliced smoked turkey breast (pampered and prepared just like their whole counterparts), plus all the rest of the Holiday must-haves: turkey gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, your choice of biscuits or cornbread, and two large sides of your choosing. We like their seasonal selection, featuring a sweet potato souffle, smokey bacon lima beans, and southern style creamed corn, but Sweet Auburn’s entire array of sides are available too, including their creamy bechamel mac ‘n cheese and ever-popular skillet green beans. Each dish, including the whole turkey, is accompanied by all the instructions you need to reheat before serving, so the only stuffing you need to worry about is the kind that happens when your fork meets your face. All that’s left for you to do is loosen your belt and revel in all the gravy-laden glory you deserve for a Holiday Day meal so well done.