meat smokers, that is! If you’re lookin to change it up a bit for the holidays, I’ve got the deal for you. We aren’t huge turkey eaters – usually dry…you know the story. However, while I was out of town last week, Mike, the hubster, did a little research and found a smoked turkey recipe on the Traeger site. He shared it with me, and my only thought was, ok, this sounds good, but we need to do a trial run before we launch it on everyone at Christmas.
So, today was the day. We actually started watching the (horrible) KC Chiefs game and half way through, ate wings right off the smoker. We tried some sauce that we scored in St. Louis last weekend (you might have seen a recent post that we were there for a wedding) which is from a restaurant called Syberg’s. (Actually, I think we have met the owner at the lake; he’s a friend of a friend, Bob Wood, a.k.a Woody, and I believe he’s been on our dock before). We joined our friends, Nick and Katie, for lunch, and they said they sell it in the grocery store, so we bought some before we left town – a couple different kinds. If you have a chance to eat there, do it. Delish! And, the plus is that they have TV’s everywhere, and posted on the TV is the NFL game that will be broadcast on that particular TV that day. I’ve watched a lot of football in sports bars, and that’s a new, albeit very convenient, idea!!!
OK, so back to the turkey. Mike took the Traeger recipe and changed it up a bit, and it’s amazing. We will definitely be doing this at Christmas, along with tri tip on the smoker as well. Note that we did this on a pellet smoker, instead of the big wood smoker (easier) so adjust as you need to. This is it before going under the knife:
So, so delicious. We gave half to our friends, and will have leftovers this week.
From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
We used a bone-in turkey breast (leave skin on)
1 gallon water
3 TBSP minced garlic
2 TBSP worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup canning & pickling sauce
3 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP cajun seasoning
Cover and brine for 1-2 days. Following brining, remove and pat dry.
Mix 1/2 cup soft butter and 1.5 cups spicy BBQ sauce (we used Traeger Texas Spicy Sauce- yum). Rub this under the skin and all over the turkey breasts.
Set smoker at 225 degrees, and cook for 2 to 2.5 hours — until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Baste with remaining butter/BBQ sauce every 30 minutes or so. Once it hits the desired temperature, remove from smoker and let rest for 15 minutes or so.
Carve and enjoy!