Owner Ken Strickland of Strick's B-B-Q in Hattiesburg starts smoking turkeys at 6:30 in the morning.
Strickland said safety is very important when preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
Thawing the turkey is a significant step.
"As soon as it's thawed you need to immediately cook it," Strickland said. "Because it's gotten out of its temperature zone. That's when there could be a bacteria problem. "
The turkey should be cooked thoroughly.
"It takes a really long time to get everything up to the proper temperature which is a 165 degrees; the done temperature," Strickland said. "That will kill any bacteria that's left in there."
A clean work space can prevent possible food poisoning.
"As soon as you get done with anything, wash all your surfaces with a little bleach water solution," Strickland said. "Wash the pan that you use, wash the sink that you use with bleach, your hands and any utensils that's touched."
During the Thanksgiving season, Strick's B-B-Q prepares over a thousand turkeys and hams and delivers them to customers in Hub City and around the world.
"We've had them in all corners of the U.S., we've even shipped overseas," Strickland said.
Strick's starts serving customers at 11 a.m.
"Strick's is a great place and it's definitely one of my local spots," a customer said.
"Their homemade dessert here is perfect for the holidays," another customer said.
Strickland said helping his customers with safety or taking the stress out of their holiday is more gratifying than the cooking.