How much of the Thanksgiving meal must be cooked at home is a personal choice.
Thanks to the help of local barbecue restaurants and grocery stores, kitchen-challenged and time-crunched hosts can purchase the protein – or the entire meal – to be served at home.
Here’s a list of many of the places that are cooking and smoking turkeys, hams or entire Thanksgiving meals.
And for those who’d rather go out to eat, I’ll have the list of restaurants serving holiday meals on Kansas.com/dining early next week and in the Go! section on Nov. 21.
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Turkeys and hams
B&C Barbecue, 355 N. Washington, 316-263-8815: Selling smoked 12- to 14-pound turkeys for $31.95 and hams that vary in price and weight. Pick up by 4 p.m. Nov. 26. Call for reservations.
Delano BBQ Co., 710 W. Douglas, 316-260-4950: Selling 13-pound smoked turkeys or 7.5-pound double smoked hams for $29.95 and 4-pound whole smoked turkey breast for $24.95. The restaurant also will smoke hams and turkeys people bring in. That costs $1.50 a pound for smoking or $2 a pound for seasoning and smoking. Deadline for ordering is Nov. 24. Pick up by 3 p.m. Nov. 26.
Gone Wild BBQ, 128 S. Seneca, 316-393-9580: This catering company, formerly known as Bierocks, Brats n’ BBQ, is serving 10- to 20-pound turkeys either smoked ($40-$60) or deep-fried ($55-$90) or hickory-glazed, bone-in, spiral-cut, double-smoked hams for $45 for a half or $95 for a whole. Order deadline is Nov. 20; pickup available on Nov. 26.
Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St., 316-634-1088: The Bradley Fair location of the local grocery store is serving cooked all-natural turkeys for $5.99 a pound and organic turkeys for $7.99 a pound. They must be ordered by Nov. 23 and picked up no later than 9 p.m. on Nov. 26. Call for reservations or visit the store and fill out an order form.
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q, 233 S. West St., 316-945-9550; 1200 S. Rock Road, 316-618-7227; 662 E. 47th St. South, 316-522-7636; 3550 N. Woodlawn, 316-684-1945; 8821 W. 21st St., 316-721-7775: Selling 12- to 14-pound smoked turkeys for $35 or 5.5-pound smoked hams for $40. Pickup is available until 8 p.m. on Nov. 26. Call for reservations.
Jet Bar-B-Q, 1100 E. Third St., 316-262-7299: Cold turkeys are $30 and hams are $50 and can be picked up Nov. 25-26. Hot turkeys from the pit are $35 and can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thanskgiving Day. Call for reservations.
Park n Pork, 316-706-2001: The owners of the barbecue food truck, which was recently destroyed by a fire, are selling smoked turkeys for between $40 and $60 and smoked hams for between $40 and $45. Order by Nov. 21. Call for specific pickup times.
Pig-In, Pig-Out, 1003 E. 13th St., 316-263-7474: Selling 14-pound smoked turkeys for $39.99 or two for $74.99 and whole unsliced hams for $7.99 a pound that are approximately 7 pounds. Pickup until 6 p.m. Nov. 26.
Two Brothers BBQ: The local restaurant chain will sell 12- to 14-pound smoked turkeys for $39.99 and half hams for $59.99. Pickup is available until 9 p.m. on Nov. 26, and reheating instructions will be included. Make reservations by Nov. 24 by calling one of these five stores: 3134 E. Douglas, 316-978-9990; 3750 N. Woodlawn, 316-691-8950; 300 S. Greenwich, 316-683-1330; 8406 W. Central, 316-729-7755; and 1701 W. Central in El Dorado, 316-452-5522. The restaurant requests 24 hours’ notice on hams and three days’ notice on turkeys.
Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb Road, 316-630-8484: Wichita’s newest upscale grocery store allows customers to order turkeys, hams and full Thanksgiving meals online and pick them up in the store. Cooked turkeys range from $7.99 to $8.99 a pound. Fully-cooked spiral-sliced hams are $9.99 a pound.
When Pigs Fly, 7011 W. Central, 316-295-2150: Selling 12- to 14-pound smoked turkeys for $37.99 and 8- to 10-pound spiral-cut hams for $42.99. Order by 9 p.m. Nov. 22. Pick up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 26.
Dillons: Local Dillons stores will sell full meals that serve six to eight people and range in price from $44.99 to $89.99. They’ll come with reheating instructions. For a list of meals available, visit https://www.dillons.com. Call your neighborhood Dillons for details.
Fresh Market, 1800 N. Rock Road, 316-315-0020: The upscale grocery offers a dinner that feeds six to eight people for $79.99 that includes a cooked turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish and 12 yeast rolls. For $134.99, there is a meal that serves eight to 10 people and includes turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, corn souffle, green beans with bacon and 24 yeast rolls. Reheating instructions are included. Pies and cakes also are available. Call for reservations.
Green Acres, 8141 E. 21st St., 316-634-1088: The Bradley Fair location of the local grocery store also is serving complete meals that serve four to six and range from $99 for an all-natural turkey with sides or $129 for an organic turkey with sides. Meals must be ordered by Nov. 23 and picked up no later than 9 p.m. on Nov. 26. Call for reservations or visit the store and fill out an order form.
Stroud’s, 3661 N. Hillside, 316-838-2454: The restaurant will serve turkey or ham dinners with sides for $19.95 a person, $9.95 for ages 10 and under. Includes roasted turkey or smoked ham entree with sides. Pick up on Thanksgiving Day.
Two Brothers BBQ: Selling meals that serve large groups that range from $109.99 for a meal serving 10-15 or $199 to $219 for a meal serving up to 24. Includes two hams, two turkeys, a ham or a turkey, choice of eight side orders plus cobbler and dinner rolls and is sent in ready-to-reheat containers. Make reservations by Nov. 24 and pick up by 9 p.m. on Nov. 26. Order from one of these stores: 3134 E. Douglas, 316-978-9990; 3750 N. Woodlawn, 316-691-8950; 300 S. Greenwich, 316-683-1330; 8406 W. Central, 316-729-7755; and 1701 W. Central in El Dorado, 316-452-5522.
When Pigs Fly, 7011 W. Central Ave., 316-295-2150: Serving complete holiday meals that feed 12 to 14 people. Meal with a smoked turkey plus rolls and two sides is $61.99. Same deal with a smoked ham is $67.99. Place orders by 8 p.m. Nov. 22. Pick up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 26.
Whole Foods, 1423 N. Webb Road, 316-630-8484: The upscale grocery store is offering full Thanksgiving meals that can be ordered online. There are several options, ranging from $39.99 for a vegan holiday dinner for two to a $169.99 roasted organic turkey dinner for eight. Pickups can be scheduled from Nov. 21 to 27. Find the online order form at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.