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WeberWho
06-19-2017, 12:53 PM
I meet an Egger who goes by the name RAH 4-5 years ago at an Eggfest in northern Minnesota. RAH is from a small town in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota. The town is called Aneta. Population less than 200. Would you believe me if I told you they hold the biggest turkey bbq in the world? Let me explain the background a little...

In 1956 the construction of the grain elevator in Aneta was completed. The town wanted to thank the construction workers who spent the previous year in Aneta working on the grain elevator. They cooked 6 turkeys for the workers in the city park thanking them for their hard work. It was such a hit that residents in town asked if they could do it next year but for the community. So over the years 6 turkeys have turned into 312 turkeys! A town of 200 serves over 2,500 meals! The town also has a parade, class reunions, and many family reunions. It doesn't get much more Midwestern than everyone eating together in the park. An absolute blast!

I believe RAH dad was one of the first to head the turkey operation. RAH is now in charge of the process. I get nervous with a couple turkeys at Thanksgiving. I couldn't imagine the stress, timing, and dealing with the weather. I'm in awe watching everything. It's really cool to see everyone help out.

This was my wife and I fourth year going. A big thanks to RAH and his family. Such generous and gracious folks. Here are a couple pictures of this year's turkey bbq. I didn't get very many pictures with the rain this year but I'll post some from years past.

This year's pit was covered with tarps to help protect the turkeys from rain:

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Last year with more pics:

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They remove the cement blocks as temperatures start to finish on the turkeys so certain spits come off at certain times. It's really an art.

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If you ever find yourself in North Dakota mid-June I highly recommend coming out and enjoying the celebration. Great food and good people!!!

SmittyJonz
06-19-2017, 12:59 PM
:clap2: but WAY Too Much Work.........

pjtexas1
06-19-2017, 12:59 PM
Looks like a quarter mile of birds. :shock:

toymaster
06-19-2017, 01:06 PM
WOW :shocked:. I've cooked a few turkeys at one time but WOW. Great job!!!

BillN
06-19-2017, 01:12 PM
That is truly amazing, thanks for sharing.

Fatback Joe
06-19-2017, 01:23 PM
Very cool. Thanks for all the pics.

sturev
06-19-2017, 01:37 PM
That is amazing... how do they cover the costs?

Bigbears BBQ
06-19-2017, 03:10 PM
Great tradition, I'm sure there aren't to many leftovers it all looks delicious

Inthewoods
06-19-2017, 03:18 PM
I did not know that, but I enjoyed the story and the pics!
Thanks,
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THoey1963
06-19-2017, 03:18 PM
Holy fark! That's a lot of gobblers!

daninnewjersey
06-19-2017, 03:32 PM
That's one of the craziest things I've seen.....and totally awesome!

gtr
06-19-2017, 04:38 PM
Incredible!

Thanks for putting this up!

Shagdog
06-19-2017, 04:42 PM
Wow :shock: Thank you for sharing! That is way cool

I can't imagine being one of the guys picking turkey carcasses all day. I don't think I would ever want to eat turkey again...

mikemci
06-19-2017, 07:57 PM
That's amazing!!
They should add "How many # of charcoal" is used, to the list. I saw 1 pallet but would like to know the total.

mchar69
06-19-2017, 08:25 PM
THIS IS FANTASTIC AMERICANA!!!!!

SHENCO SMOKE - are YOU paying attention???
(probably not, he's too busy, but he rolls with a boatload of chicken
and cinderblock pits in the summer in the Shenandoah Valley of VA.
Amazing chicken pics, but I'd say less volume, not by much.)

morgan-que
06-19-2017, 08:46 PM
Wow!!

Hankdad1
06-20-2017, 12:36 AM
That looks like a great 2 day trip for us, will keep an eye open for this next year.

bbqwizard
06-20-2017, 12:39 AM
Outstanding! I want to play.

TravelingJ
06-20-2017, 12:51 AM
Thanks for posting this! Very interesting.

Stlsportster
06-20-2017, 12:55 AM
Don't show this to sleebus.jones. He's awfully proud of his cinderblock pit and I'd hate to break his heart. Wow...what a sight.

Thanks for posting.

cfrazier77
06-20-2017, 08:08 AM
Wow, that is impressive. Can someone send the pictures to PETA? :thumb:

FashionBiff
06-20-2017, 08:38 AM
Wow, that is impressive. Can someone send the pictures to PETA? :thumb:

Funny living in Hitlers Republic of California I am programmed to think of the hazards of cooking that close to the playground. :sad:

This is a truly awesome event, its what deep down we should all strive for.

Mikhail
06-20-2017, 08:56 AM
Yes this is Americana at its best. Truly impressive.

Good thing they didn't use wood..the whole state would be denuded.

NickTheGreat
06-20-2017, 09:23 AM
Awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!

Side note. Aneta, ND is only 8.5 hours away from me . . . :becky:

GLOCKer
06-21-2017, 11:14 AM
WOW!!! That's pretty cool. I bet it's neat to see that operation in action!

Notorious Q.U.E.
06-21-2017, 11:55 AM
Man, I would've loved to catch some whiffs of those aromas. Great work. Is that area just a sand pit for the rest of the year? I'm guessing there was an awful lot of ash and drippings that probably make that turf hard to use the rest of the year.

WeberWho
06-22-2017, 02:00 PM
That is amazing... how do they cover the costs?

They cover the turkey cost as they charge per plate. They don't make much money but more less to cover expenses.

WeberWho
06-22-2017, 02:10 PM
That's amazing!!
They should add "How many # of charcoal" is used, to the list. I saw 1 pallet but would like to know the total.

I don't know offhand how many bags they go through. I think they have a couple pallets on hand. One year they were close to running out and they would have had to drive 75+ miles to the closest place to get more charcoal. Probably closer to 2+ hour round trip to a Walmart or bigger grocery store that would stock more than a couple bags. My friend said he's done cooking turkeys if they weren't going to supply an ample amount of charcoal for the cook. They now have extra charcoal with no worries about running out. It stores good and they use whateverthey didn't use the year before.

WeberWho
06-22-2017, 02:16 PM
Man, I would've loved to catch some whiffs of those aromas. Great work. Is that area just a sand pit for the rest of the year? I'm guessing there was an awful lot of ash and drippings that probably make that turf hard to use the rest of the year.

All they do for the pit floor is lay down tin foil. I thought the same. The cinder blocks are stored away on a farm when not in use.

Limp Brisket
06-22-2017, 03:43 PM
Aneta Turkey?

1FUNVET
06-22-2017, 03:58 PM
That's a lot of turkey's to cook.

WeberWho
06-22-2017, 09:08 PM
Aneta Turkey?

One might think. Good ole Aneta, North Dakota

mchar69
06-22-2017, 10:11 PM
Ain't that America
Ain't That America - YouTube

YUP