Smoke’n turkey like a boss
12 lb Utility Turkey…. Came frozen…..I thaw it in the brine.
Just reminder of the ingredient of picking spice ….. so I do not have to answer the question…Does it taste like pickles? It has dill…but the main feel you get is from the Ginger the Cinnamon and the Cloves.
• MUSTARD SEED, CORIANDER, BAY LEAVES, DILL SEED, FENUGREEK, CINNAMON, GINGER, ALLSPICE, RED PEPPER, BLACK PEPPER, CLOVES, HIGH OLEIC SUNFLOWER OIL.
1 cup Clubhouse Pickling spice
2 Heaping tea spoons of Kosher or Pickling Salt
2 Heaping tea spoons of Brown Sugar
1 heaping tea spoon minced garlic
Brine….. In a clean food grade pail I put Mr. Turkey , The Salt/Sugar/Garlic
The pickling spice I put in a pot on the stove full of water and bring to a boil then pour it over the Turkey and top the pail up with water…..put the top on with a good seal and let it sit (in the fridge if you have room)…..because of the weather I just left it on the counter in the breezeway (cool enough)
If you want to do it cheap and easy Cabela’s sells a prepackage brine (about $4 per/pack)……double the packs if it is a big boy.
After 2 days (More if you like) Remove from the brine and give it a rinse
This is my stand….A beer can chicken roaster (Canadian Tire /Walmart ect) then I give a larger “footprint” buy using some copper wire and tying it to a perforated pan that was originally used for pizza. The center can (sorry did not have beer in cans) gets another half cup of fresh spices and just tap water.
Mr. Turkey poses for a pic (I opted for the “fighting” stance)
Now for the first time I will do the smoker step by step
I Have 2 smokers one from Walmart and one from Canadian Tire based on this smoker….
The best part is both companies did such a great job of ripping off Brinkman that all the parts are interchangeable… (Brinkman probably made both and they just used their own colors)
First is the burner unit/Stand…..Just a big cast iron burner with a regulator
(The sheet metal wired on to the side helps keep the flame when you want to turn it down really low)
Then the combustion section…..it comes with a pan like a pie plate that you are supposes to put your Charcoal (if you choose) or you chips….I tossed that and replaced it with a bigger cast iron Dutch Oven pot….Filled here with Cherry wood.
This next part is optional….a water pan…..I have a couple of different kinds of these….some for just water….and one nice stainless steel one that you can use to cook with….example….If I am doing pork shoulder for pulled pork…..fill the pan with some water….uncooked brown beans…onion….sweet peppers….as the meat smokes the drippings fall into the pan and cook together so you end up with real smoked bake beans….
For this one I am just using it as a water pan to keep the moister level high….but I am recycling the water I used to brine it so all those spices and flavors’ get used again.
Then the Grill Barrel….This is where having the interchangeable parts come in handy…..if Mr Turkey (or whatever you are doing….is too tall to put the lid on…….. you could add another grill barrel right on top for just one big object or about 26” tall max (I added an extra grill to each barrel taking it from 2 to 3) 6 grills ( about 8.5 ft²)
It this case I just use the very bottom grill one barrel and the top (you can now see the liquid in the pan)
The guest of honor strikes a defiant pose…….Little bit of poultry seasoning sprinkled on for luck..