Thanksgiving specialty, deep-fried turkey
Once you go
deep-fried, you never go back. And if you inject something into the meat, it's
much juicier and you have so much flavor. I inject a Cajun garlic butter on one
side and on the other side teriyaki.
I learned from my
grandmother Elmarie Hall when I was growing up in Pompano Beach [ Fla.]. It
wasn't a punishment, but it kind of seemed like it when I was a little kid. The
first thing my grandmother taught me was how to season food, then how to work
the stove. Eventually, cooking became a competition between me and my mom and
everyone in my household. It was a great skill to have when I was going off to
college. Also, when you get guys together to eat, it brings camaraderie to your
On whom he's
expecting for Thanksgiving
We've got a new
team, a lot of changing of the guard this year, but the new guys caught on
fast--they know who cooks. A lot of my teammates are coming; my family comes.
We average 20 people. Sapp comes over, Randy Moss, LaMont Jordan, Nnamdi
Thanksgiving scam his teammates pulled on him when he broke in as a Colt in
They gave the
rookies vouchers for turkeys at the supermarket and said, Go pick up your
turkey. One of my friends on the team gave me his, so I had two. We used the
vouchers and came home with two huge, heavy bags, sealed up. We put them in my
family's freezer, and when the time came they opened them up to baste the
turkeys--and there were two big blocks of ice! My teammates had us on camera
picking up the "turkeys" at the supermarket, and they laughed so hard.
It was funny, but I felt bad because my family got caught in it.
On the weekly
fish fry he hosts for his teammates
We had to move it
from Thursday to Friday because we weigh in on Thursday, and guys were a little
scared. People eat a lot, yes they do. I've been doing it since college. We
start around 4:30 or five, end around nine o'clock. We usually have about 20
people, and we'll watch TV. I'll make tilapia, and we've got guys from
Mississippi who like catfish and cheese grits.