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Whole turkey injected with oil, wine, and spices. Rubbed with butter and herbs. Stuffed with brisket trimmings, smoked over hickory wood for six hours.
I really love using my smoker it’s probably my most used outdoor item. As long as I have wood, I’m a happy girl. The smoker to means yeah I’ll be up early and all day, but I don’t have to cook for a few days after and I’m okay with that. Although the Texas heat doesn’t stop me entirely from cooking outdoors, I try to get a lot of my bbq cravings out of the way right before the heavy hurricane season and summer heat. Earlier in the week, I had a craving for turkey, so I figured I’d make it one of those days.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST SMOKED WHOLE TURKEY:
oil for injections: when you’re injecting a turkey, you need something that will flow. oil is your best option since it won’t solidify. sometimes when you make an injection with butter. once you’ve stirred it, it can thicken it up. once in the metal injector especially a cold one it won’t even come out. oil fixes that. a neutral oil is a perfect vehicle for spices. trust me on this one. save the butter for rubbing the outside.
fine spices: along similar lines of why I use oil. Course spices will absolutely ruin the fun. they tend to clog into the holes the oil is dispersed from so dried herbs need to be placed by hand. if you clog your injector taking it apart filled with oil can be a pain.
use the skin: don’t break the skin. when injecting go in from the cavity to get those hard-to-reach spots. when injecting the breast. glide your hand under the skin and the flesh. raise the skin and inject without penetrating through the skin that will help everything stay where it needs to be and once the turkey cooks it won’t retract.
smoke: it generally advised 30-40 minutes per pound of a turkey. you want the internal temperature to read 165F to make sure it is cooked through. the smoke ring around the turkey may be a cause for concern to some but don’t worry a reddish hue is just the sight of a good smoke.
fat trimmings: in the smoke, I skip the veggies like celery, onions, and garlic since they can get lost in the smoke. instead, I like to worry about retaining moisture for that I put the fat trimmings of the brisket i was smoking. that way as it renders down the meat stays nice and juicy. i also tossed in the ends to my garlic bulbs since I didn’t want to waste them anyway.
turkey placement: remember turkey is poultry so it needs to be handled carefully in the smoker. if your making sauce, peppers, or beans that maybe need a little time don’t place them under the turkey at any point. the drippings from the turkey will run off into the other foods. place towards the bottom and the end facing away from the wood box opening to avoid flare-ups when the brisket fat starts rendering.
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