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The BlueSmoke Gazette--Turkeys Love Charcoal!
November 06, 2009
Turkey + Charcoal = Scrumptious
The smoked turkey you see in the picture was cooked yesterday in my Weber Smoky Mountain Cooker. I wanted to start cooking the twelve pound bird at 11AM, but because of an error in judgment (and my lack of a certain ability) the turkey didn't go into the smoker until 4PM.
My original plan was to haul my charcoal cookers southward 30 miles to Cheney lake and shoot an "on location" video about cooking turkey over charcoal. I made it to the lake, found a great location and got everything set up. So far so good. The problems started when the camera began to roll.
This was only my second attempt at making a cooking video for my website. In my first video, How to Build a Cold Smoker, I didn't speak, and in the video all that could be seen of me was my arms and hands. It's easy going incognito, but yesterday, standing fully visible in front of the camera and having to actually speak, well, I got a little tongue tied.
After an hour or so of practicing it became easier, but I was still no Justin Wilson. Yesterday's video isn't ready for prime time, but should be good for a laugh or two. I might show it to you one of these days.
Anyway, after the video learning experience, I decided to pack up, go home and do the smoking and grilling there. I finally finished cooking and taking pictures at midnight.
There are two new pages on my site, one about smoking a whole turkey in a vertical charcoal smoker (my WSM), and another explaining the process of cooking a whole turkey breast in a Weber kettle grill.
Be sure to visit them both and learn about using charcoal to cook that holiday turkey! And if this will be your first time cooking turkey over glowing embers, consider practicing before Thanksgiving.
Find a flock of fun fowl facts at The-Perfect-Turkey.com
Have you decided how you're cooking your turkey? If you cook one just once a year, or you're up against a new style of cooking it wouldn't be half-bad an idea to do a Test-Cook next week. If you buy a fresh turkey you could do it this weekend.
Tell Us Your Favorite Thanksgiving TaleAnd now I have a small request for you. I've witnessed over 50 Thanksgiving feasts in this first half of my life (yep, I plan to make it to 100 ;-) ) and know that all sorts of things can and do happen on this holiday. Some are funny, some tug on your heartstrings. And then there are the cooking disasters...you know what I'm talkin' about.
I remember hearing a story about some kid that looked just like me...well, maybe it was me, sticking some peas up his nose one Thanksgiving. If it was really me, I blocked that memory 'cause I don't remember doing it! I guess it was a traumatic experience...
So if you have a Turkey Day story that brings laughter or tears, and a few minutes of spare time it would be great if you'd share it on my Thanksgiving Memories page.
And just so you know, your identity can be kept secret.
Still to come in the remaining BlueSmoke Gazette Thanksgiving 2009 series: smoking turkeys in an electric smoker and a gas grill, deep fat frying a turkey, and cooking a turkey in an oil-less infrared cooker.
Gobble gobble gobble.
Finally, here's a list of all the pages on Smoker-Cooking.com that have anything to do with cooking turkeys.
Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
Smoked Turkey Breast
Smoked Turkey Legs
Turkey Brine Recipes
Turkey Rub Recipe
How to Smoke a Turkey
About Turkey Brine
Turkey Smoking Tips
More Turkey Smoking Tips
Turkey Leftover Recipes
Grill Smoked Turkey
Smoked Wild Turkey
Turkey Chili Recipe
Smoked Turkey Soup
Homemade Leftover Turkey Stock
Teriyaki Turkey Wings
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