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Brined and Smoked Turkey

brined and smoked turkey

This past weekend, we tried something new or my husband did!  He got up bright and early to smoke a few turkeys that we plan to use for Thanksgiving.  We had to do it a bit earlier than normal due to work schedules and the time it takes to smoke meat; however, it was well worth it!

brining turkey

We decided to brine the turkeys first as brining them makes them much more juicy.  I did some research on brining and ended up adapting this recipe for Out of this World Turkey Brine.  This recipe suggest brining for 3 days and from what I can tell the longer you brine a turkey the more juicy it becomes.  For us, we ended up only brining for one day because we were short for time; however, it made a world of difference compared to the turkeys we have done in the past!

smoked turkey

It was absolutely perfect, smoked to perfection!

As far as the time to smoke it will depend based on the type of smoker you use.  The recipes we found suggested that it took close to 12 hours; however, ours only took 5 hours to smoke 2 turkeys.  My husband did move the fire closer to the turkeys to help them cook faster, but the key is the internal temperature.  It needs to be at least 165* in the most inner part of the turkey to be done.

Let us know, do you brine your turkey?  Smoke it?  Fry it?  Bake it?  Roast it?  What are some of your tips and tricks?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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3 Responses to “Brined and Smoked Turkey”

  1. Julia Jolliffposted November 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow those turkeys looks delicious! I have never tried smoking a turkey but want to try it out.


  2. Christopher Sorelposted November 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have been doing an apple cider brine for 48 hours then smoke it on my big green egg with some apple wood


    • Kristyreplied November 20th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Oooh…that sound so good! I’m going to have to suggest that one to my husband!

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