Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey

I asked my mom to share her Thanksgiving Turkey recipe with me – it is always so good and moist! Enjoy!

“For turkey, I make sure it is thawed well. Then I rinse it and make sure it is clean. I season it on the outside with lemon pepper, seasoning salt, and garlic. I go by the info on my smoker according to how many pounds it is for the time it will take, but it is usually about 8-9 hours. Ours is a water smoker. My dad always told me if you are smoking chicken or turkey, you put a sweet type juice or fruit in the water, and if it is beef or pork, go with onions and flavors that are strong like that. There is also a small pan in the very bottom that you can put some wood chips in to increase the smoke flavor. It is best if you presoak the wood chips. Helps them smoke that much more. For turkey, I usually use any juice that I have drained from any cans of fruit over the last while. I’ll freeze the juice as I drain it and have it ready for smoking. You need to use boiling water before adding the juice. Then I take 2-3 apples and cut them in big chunks and put them in the water/juice mixture also. I also like to put in a few tablespoons of Liquid Smoke. Smoking the turkey helps to keep it moist and delicious.”

For turkey, I make sure it is thawed well.  Then I rinse it and make sure it is clean.  I season it on the outside with lemon pepper, seasoning salt, and garlic.  I go by the info on my smoker according to how many pounds it is for the time it will take, but it is usually about 8-9 hours.  Ours is a water smoker.  My dad always told me if you are smoking chicken or turkey, you put a sweet type juice or fruit in the water, and if it is beef or pork, go with onions and flavors that are strong like that.  There is also a small pan in the very bottom that you can put some wood chips in to increase the smoke flavor.  It is best if you presoak the wood chips.  Helps them smoke that mich more.  For turkey, I usually use any juice that I have drained from any cans of fruit over the last while.  I’ll freeze the juice as I drain it and have it ready for smoking.  You need to use boiling water before adding the juice.  Then I take 2-3 apples and cut them in big chunks and put them in the water/juice mixture also.  I also like to put in a few tablespoons of Liquid Smoke.  Smoking the turkey helps to keep it moist and delicious.

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