Is anyone panicking about Turkey today?
Anyone. . . ?
Well, a little.
OK. I am. Sort of.
I don’t know why though, I don’t host at my house, and I’m not in charge of the turkey.
Me? I’m the potatoes gal. Sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes. . . .
I’m like the Forrest Gump of potatoes.
So turkey does not stress me out.
If it did however, I would consider a slightly untraditional route and make this one.
Turkey tenderloins are brushed with olive oil, rubbed with. . . yep: Butt Rub. then refrigerated for a couple of hours. When it’s time to cook, all you need is 30-40 minutes and you’re done. Voila.
Your oven is freed up for things like green bean casserole, sweet potatoes (of course), and warm rolls, because this turkey can be grilled.
When I did this round, I tried two tenderloins on the grill, and two baking in the oven. I found both turned out well.
So, if you have the hankering for turkey, but not quite TURKEY, maybe this is a legitimate alternative for you.
This, I might add, would be a great way to get the guys to make the turkey.
They can huddle around the grill gripping their beers and being manly while us girls bustle around the kitchen sipping wine.
Why, you might ask, is it called Butt Rub?
I have no good reason for you. We call it that because almost a decade ago we had dinner at a friend’s house and she said the dry rub her dad always used was called Butt Rub. No one really knew what went in it.
So, this is my version of Butt Rub. But now I know what goes in it.
I figure we’re in good company as far as “Butt” goes in the kitchen. . . we do, after all, eat Boston Butt Pork Roast and Rump Roast.
It’s time Turkey entered the Butt game.
So save all that time you might spend basting a whole bird and devote it instead to football, or chit-chat, or snacking, or making thankful lists, or playing outside, or sitting by the fire, or . . . you get my point.
Easy peasy. Quick. Dee-lish.
And, it makes fantastic sandwiches if you manage to have leftovers.
Oh! And don’t think you have to limit Butt Rub to turkey tenderloin.
It pretty much works with everything, and is especially good with pork tenderloin.
You might want to keep a little Butt Rub handy for future use.