Sunday, January 8, 2012

Smokin' Turkey

So my mom has this problem. A good problem. When she sees a turkey on sale she has to buy it.

For example, this Thanksgiving we went grocery shopping and the turkeys that were typically $1.50 per pound were on sale for 67 cents per pound if you bought $50 worth of groceries. That's a pretty good deal on a turkey. That made a 23 pound turkey about $15 instead of $34.

The only problem is that we got home and there were three other turkeys in the deep freezer. So, Daniel (my brother) and I are on a mission to learn to smoke turkeys.

Last weekend Daniel took the turkey out of the freezer and put it in the bottom of the fridge. Yesterday, we mixed up this spice rub, which I adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit's November 2011 magazine.

Cajun Spice Mix
5 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp thyme
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp onion powder

Then we had to tackle the turkey. A 20 pound turkey would have to smoke for 12-14 hours. We didn't want to get up at the crack of dawn to start the smoker, so we cut it in half. This should take about 6-7 hours. We're smoking half and baking half.

Cutting the turkey in half was quite the adventure.

Wait, back up... yeah, we broke a knife

Mmmm... This is in the fridge as we speak.

Half is going in the smoker at noon, the other half in the oven at 1:30/2. Then the giblet dressing is going in the oven about 4:30. Mashed potatoes, some kind of vegetable, and we'll have a semi-Thanksgiving dinner in January.

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