Wanting to change the Thanksgiving cooking game this year? One small touch could be just what you need…this smoked turkey
“how to” may be the exact inspiration you were looking for. Smoking a turkey is the perfect way to add a much-loved southern touch to your thanksgiving table this year!
1. Begin by filling your smoker with lightwood and heating it to an internal temperature of 325˚. Be sure to include a drip pan to catch any falling liquid.
2. Season the inside of the bird with salt and pepper for the ideal taste. Stuff the turkey with a chopped onion, sliced apple, and squeezed lemon; the combination of flavors really makes for an irresistible dish.
3. For added zest, fill the turkey with thyme and sage, and cover the bird in olive oil.
4. Generously season the outside of the turkey with salt and pepper before icing it for one hour.
5. Cook the Thanksgiving dish until the breast reaches a temperature of 160˚ and the thigh reaches a temperature of 180˚; it should take about 4 hours.
And, just like that, you can enjoy a flawlessly smoked turkey. Serve it with a side of mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, and collard greens for that final Southern touch!
This “how to” courtesy of Southern Living