Everyone huddles around steaming pots filled with bubbling oil as Brian Coughlin pulls out a prime rib from the deep fryer.
Rain drips off the tents set up to keep the men's cooking area dry, but no one seems to care about the damp weather.
"Just like going to a football game, you go rain or shine," Mike Henry says.
This is the seventh or eighth year that Coughlin, Victor Bagcal and Curtis Howard have invited their customers from Howard's Barber Shop over to Bagcal's front yard to deep-fry turkeys.
This year, the menu continued to expand beyond turkeys. Duck breasts, sturgeon, shrimp, lumpia and prawns all made it into the fryer.
Barber shop customers and friends brought over turkeys that they had labored over on Wednesday night. The key is to inject the perfect amount of spice and marinade into the meat, they said.
"You think they'd be greasy, but they are perfect," Bobbie Diehl says while taking a photo of one of the completed turkeys.
As people wait for their birds to be lowered into the fryer, they sip on drinks and recap their lives since the last time they saw each other.
"There are reunions happening right here. There are guys who haven't seen each other in years, saying, 'You know these guys too?'" Bagcal says.
While standing over a smaller fryer, Mike Nakagawa tries the fish he breaded and placed in the oil. He caught the 45-pound, 60-inch fish in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista.
Lodi resident Mia Brown has also tried something new, and put duck breasts into the fryer. She slices them up, and everyone gathers around dipping the still-hot pieces of meat into apricot and red pepper jelly.
When the garbage truck comes into view, Bagcal tells Howard to stop the driver. He runs into the garage and prepares a plate of meat and lumpia for the driver to enjoy once he finishes his route.
They use peanut oil for frying because it can burn for the full eight hours and doesn't break down as fast as other oils, Bagcal said. At the end of the day, the cooks strain the oil and put it in a plastic jug to use next year.
As the rain drizzles, everyone says there is no where else they would rather be on Thanksgiving morning.
"It's friends. Look at all of them. Everyone's got a smile on their face; even the guy who got his turkey burnt has a smile on his face," Bagcal says.