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Turducken Tuesday At Brand BBQ Market

By Kyle Thacker in Food on May 23, 2012 9:00PM

2012_5_23_BrandBBQ.jpg We thought we were pregnant. But after the procession of shock and overwhelming fear, followed by joy and the acceptance of our womanhood, we realized it wasn’t a child, just the stuffed-to-the-brim feeling of eating the hearty and satisfying Turducken at Brand BBQ Market.

At Brand, Tuesday isn’t just the lame day wedged between Monday and Wednesday, for that day has been dubbed Turducken Tuesday. For the uninformed, Turducken is exactly what it sounds like, the nesting doll of poultry: turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.

The sliced Turducken, served with a deliciously creamy cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce is a chance for Thanksgiving indulgence without having to pretend you’re thankful for anything before you eat. The Turducken itself is moist and tender; the savory dark meat of the duck commands the flavor. The meat is slow cooked over orange wood; the citrus wood flavor exchanges smoky for sweet in a creative and subtle interpretation of the classic duck l’orange.

Brand eschews any kitschy BBQ-inspired themes or gingham patterns in favor of a sleek and trim dining room that’s spacious and comfortable. And as a BYOB restaurant, its casual atmosphere is perfect for the type of comfort it serves.

Aside from the Turducken, we also enjoyed “Burnt Ends” Mac ‘n Cheese. Burnt Ends are traditionally found in slow-cooking Kansas City styled barbecue, they’re hard to pull off well, and Brand does it. The Turducken plate will run you around $20. Brand’s menu is prime for sharing, so bring a friend or four, and as a BYOB, a few beers or wine to wash down the plethora of filling dishes.

Brand BBQ Market is located at 2824 W Armitage Street.