In the days after we have prepared and eaten the turkey, and over-indulged on Grandma’s sides, the last thing we want to do is get back into the kitchen. And while ordering a pizza sounds nice, we can’t forget about all the leftovers in the fridge — including the turkey. We don’t think your leftover turkey should go to waste, and Pitmaster Pat Martin, the man behind Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Hugh-Baby’s, agrees. This year, he is advising us to turn our leftovers into a turkey sandwich, complete with his famous white sauce. The secrets lie in the sauce and his foolproof method of re-heating the meat. Follow his words of wisdom, and turn your turkey into something you can enjoy even after Thanksgiving has come and gone.
No one wants dry turkey, especially when it is the centerpiece of your sandwich. Re-heat the turkey in the oven in plastic wrap for two hours at 250° to keep it from drying out. (If you’re curious about the plastic wrap, read this.) Don’t even think about opening the microwave. You will thank us, and Pat Martin, later.
Assemble the sandwich:
Pile the turkey between two slices of white bread, swap the cranberry sauce for Pat’s signature white sauce, and add lettuce and cheese. Of course, you can edit the toppings to suit your cravings, but we trust Pat, who keeps things simple and lets the turkey and white sauce shine.
Pat Martin’s white sauce:
“This versatile sauce goes great on just about anything — from smoked turkey to chicken wings and even cheeseburgers. Layer on and enjoy,” Pat tells us. Trust us when we tell you that you will use this sauce on everything, and you will wish you had even more leftover turkey because you will be wanting seconds of this sandwich.
- 2 cups mayo
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup apple juice
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ tbsp prepared horseradish
- ½ tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
- ½ tbsp Kosher salt
- ½ tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- ½ tbsp finely minced garlic
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Use an immersion blender to combine all ingredients.
After you use up all your leftovers, head to Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint for a tasty lunch or dinner. Martins’s has locations in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. So whether you are in Louisville, Birmingham or Nashville, or traveling through one of these Southern cities this holiday season, stop by to try the white sauce on a barbecue sandwich or wings. Another stop to make is Hugh-Baby’s in Nashville, where you can find a BBQ turkey sandwich on the menu. It is, of course, served with white sauce.
Next year (and at upcoming holiday gatherings), do your part in reducing waste by following this sound advice: How to Eliminate Wasted Food at Thanksgiving.
Find more recipes to try here.