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With the quickly approaching holidays, learning to make turkey from Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (airs January 2 at 7 p.m. ET) is exactly what we were craving. Here’s what Martha and Snoop do to nail that turkey bake:

Start with a drink.

Martha and Snoop always like to start the cooking process with some booze. And when it comes to a turkey dinner, Martha suggests cider and bourbon, heavy on the bourbon. Snoop suggests calling this drink the Turkey Timer, because “in about five hours, you’re gonna pop up and say, ‘where am I’?”

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Find a turkey.

To cook a turkey, you have to start with, well, a turkey. Turkeys can give some serious side eye, but don’t let that scare you away. Name them ‘Roast Turkey’ and ‘Fried Turkey’ to remind them who’s boss, then do your best turkey call to lure them to you. You may want backup for this in case your turkey call isn’t as good as Snoop Dogg’s.

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Wear your turkey hat.

Because really, when else are you going to wear it?

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Massage the turkey with butter.

Rub butter EVERYWHERE on the turkey. Connect with your turkey. Help your turkey de-stress with a buttery massage. You can really lose yourself in this process.

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We’re not done with the butter.

To make the turkey moist and keep your house smelling delicious, mix a pound of butter and a bottle of wine and soak a cheesecloth in the mixture. Cover the turkey with the cheesecloth while it bakes. You shouldn’t be the only one who gets a new outfit for Thanksgiving!

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It take time.

Leave yourself enough time to cook the turkey. This can take hours, or if you’re Martha Stewart, one commercial break. How does she do it?!

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Have a story ready.

If your turkey needs a few more hours or an additional commercial break to fully cook, have a story ready to keep guests entertained. Chris Bosh shared the time his kid pooped in a public pool–and that makes for great dinner conversation. It’s up to you whether your story includes fecal matter or not.

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Be civilized when eating.

When it comes to cutting the turkey, slice in a downward motion and start at the end. As far as getting the turkey from your fork to your mouth, either European-style or East Side Long Beach-style will work.

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Have a fork nearby.

Martha Stewart suggests this utensil as the best weapon should anyone get inappropriately handsy during a turkey dinner.

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Break the wishbone.

One of the best parts of making and eating a turkey is getting to break the wishbone. Both hosts wished for a second season and it looks like it worked, with Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner renewed for a second season! The magic of turkey is real, y’all!

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If Beyoncé is Queen Bey, Martha is Queen Baste. So if you don’t like Martha’s turkey, don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.

Watch Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party airs January 2 at 7 p.m. ET

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