One of my favorite things to do is to reinvent leftovers, and one of the best times to do that is Thanksgiving. For one, just reheating meat and eating it isn't very appetizing to me, plus I would get sooo tired of just eating turkey like that for days on end. But when I have other options, it makes leftovers exciting. I will certainly be making this sandwich after Thanksgiving this year. It is also a double win because it uses leftover cranberry sauce as well. Actually, it is a triple win because it is also very quick and easy. Just shred or chop some turkey and whip up this easy BBQ sauce.
I pretty much always make my own BBQ sauce now: it is easy, cheap, and I like knowing exactly what I'm eating. For this, you might be tempted to just mix the cranberry sauce into a bottle of purchased BBQ sauce, but I think it would end up too sweet. I used my typical BBQ sauce recipe, omitting the molasses and honey, and adding a bit more hot sauce to compensate for the sweetness of the cranberry sauce. I served this with baked sweet potato fries, and we enjoyed a fun and casual Thanksgiving-esque dinner.
Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas
Turkey Cranchiladas (Pink Parsley)
Leftover Panini (Annie's Eats)
Turkey Tacos with Cranberry Salsa (Simply Recipes)
Turkey Noodle Soup (Smells Like Home)
Turkey Croquettes (Martha Stewart)
Wheatberry & Turkey Salad (The Meaning of Pie)
Turkey a la King (Real Mom Kitchen)
Cranberry BBQ Sauce
adapted from this Easy BBQ Sauce
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 Tbs cider vinegar
- 1 tsp hot sauce (or to taste)
- 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- salt and pepper
- 1/2-1 cup cranberry sauce
- honey (optional)
Toss with shredded turkey and serve on toasted buns.