Smoky Juiced Turkey

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Jason Summers

By
@smokinjbird

I have made this turkey the last 3 years at Thanksgiving and everyone just loves it. In fact, this year I had to make 3 of them just satisfy everyone. Very very easy recipe and wonderful flavor.

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This is no ordinary smoked turkey recipe. Some can be dry but not this one thanks to the turkey brine recipe. As you cut into it, the juiciness of the turkey will take you by surprise. The flavors of fruit, spice, sugar, and salt that are infused into the meat. The brine will make the turkey skin a little darker once cooked (and that's OK). A delicious centerpiece for your holiday table. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
varies
Prep:
8 Hr
Cook:
7 Hr
Method:
Smoke

Ingredients

  • BRINE

  • 2 qt
    apple juice
  • 2 qt
    orange juice, fresh
  • 2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 c
    salt
  • 10 clove
    whole cloves
  • 1 Tbsp
    nutmeg
  • TURKEY

  • 1 large
    turkey, giblets and neck removed

How to Make Smoky Juiced Turkey

Step-by-Step

  1. In a large pot on med-high, heat mix all brine ingredients and boil until well dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat. Allow to cool completely (ideally overnight in the fridge).
  3. Remove thawed turkey from the fridge.
  4. Open and remove the giblets and neck. Discard however you prefer.
  5. Remove the brine from the fridge. Place turkey in the brine and return to the fridge for another 8 - 12 hours. The longer the better but 8 hours is plenty of time if that is all you have.
  6. After the desired brine time, set a smoker up for indirect cooking at a temp of 250 - 275 degrees. Take the turkey from the brine. Put in it on a paper towel lined baking sheet to absorb some of the excess brine. It's OK if the turkey is a little wet, it shouldn't be soaking wet when it goes into the smoker.
  7. Place turkey on the smoker.
  8. Smoke until the popper pops or to an internal temp of the breast meat reads 170 - 175. Remove and enjoy.

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About Smoky Juiced Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Collection: Thanksgiving Table
Other Tags: For Kids Healthy
Hashtags: #SMOKED #Turkey



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