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Hot Smoked Barbecued Turkey

A turkey hot smoked on an old fashioned kettle barbecue is one of our start of summer family rituals. For a fun video of doing this check out the bottom of the post!

Brine

1 gallon (16 cups) water
1 cup sea salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp each whole clove, peppercorn, star anise, coriander
1 cinnamon stick

Bring to a boil and let cool

1 turkey (18-20 lb)

Remove thigh bones for quicker and even cooking
Place in brine overnight in refrigerator (use a large bag for this)
The next day, remove from brine, and pat dry

Rub with:
2 tbsp olive oil

Grind together in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder:

1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cracked pepper
1 tsp mustard seeds

Rub all over turkey

Prepare coals:
10 lb lump charcoal
5 lb charcoal briquettes
Heat for 45 minutes, then disperse around edges of kettle

Soak 4 cups wood chips in water while coals are heating, drain and wrap in a foil parcel. Place in centre of coals

Place turkey in a disposable foil roasting pan and place on rack over coals
Cover and cook for 3 1/5 hours, basting every 1/2 hour, until it registers 165 F on a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast.

Remove and rest for 30 minutes

Carve and enjoy!

First pie of the season!

Last weekend brought the first pie of the season! I also barbecued twice which will bring a couple of stories and a few recipes in the next few days, but for now, enjoy the pie.
Needless to say, it was delicious!

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank all of you for being a part of my journey through a big change in my life. This fall has just been the beginning of what I hope are many stories and recipes about food and cooking in this amazing part of the world. Here’s a little montage I put together of some of this year’s highlights, set to a familiar sounding tune I recorded when I had a few hours to spare over the last couple of days.

Merry Christmas, see you all in 2008

Dennis