ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While many are getting ready to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving, one small business owner is preparing more than a hundred.
With little help, Daniel Morgan is frying, smoking and baking turkeys at Pepper’s Ole Fashion BBQ on San Pedro across from Expo New Mexico to fulfill Thanksgiving orders.
“It’s very, very cumbersome because we have limited space to work with,” Morgan said.
It is a small space that promises big flavor.
Morgan started doing turkeys at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, and he will keep working on them until 6 p.m. on Thursday.
“We do about 60 every eight hours,” he said.
It wasn’t always that way.
Morgan said things started small years ago. Then, through word of mouth, Thanksgiving has come to be one of his busiest times of the year.
“To where I can’t fry anymore because there’s not enough time in the day,” he said.
He said most of the orders are in bulk for businesses, then he’s got individuals slated for pick-ups every 15 minutes on Thanksgiving.
“Yeah, I don’t know how he keeps up,” said Richard Martinez, a customer familiar with Morgan’s barbecue.
Before tasting the food, the smell is enough to make visitors hungry.
“You could smell it from down the street actually,” Martinez said.
Despite the long hours while others are at home with family, Morgan said in his kitchen he, too, is at home and that’s what he is giving thanks for this year.
“I take pride in what I do. I prefer to be here than anywhere else,” Morgan said.
On top of the turkeys, he is making pies, side dishes and still serving his normal barbecue on Thursday.