I am thankful I live in the great State of Texas, home of the BEST BBQ in the world. I am thankful that my wife decided not to do the usual big turkey Thanksgiving dinner, that we have done year after year, it seems, forever. I am thankful that she liked my idea of having smoked brisket instead. I am thankful that Pecan Lodge is nearby and took my order for two whole briskets well in advance. I am thankful they were ready for pickup on time and were easy to warm up this morning. But mostly, I am thankful my wife's relatives didn't even finish one brisket so I have lots of leftovers for my freezer! Yes, we gave the bird the bird and I think there's no going back now. At least I hope not!