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    Hickory-Smoked Bourbon Turkey

    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    192 hrs

    48 hrs

    144 hrs

    southern chef in louisiana's Note:

    This is a great way to make your holiday turkey this year. It takes a little work, but belive me it's well worth it.

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for other uses, if desired. Rinse turkey thoroughly with cold water, and pat dry.
    2. 2
      Add water to a large stockpot, filling half full; stir in maple syrup, bourbon, and pickling spice. Add turkey and, if needed, additional water to cover. Cover and chill turkey 2 days.
    3. 3
      Soak hickory wood chunks in fresh water at least 30 minutes. Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let fire burn 20 to 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Remove turkey from water, discarding water mixture; pat dry. Cut carrot and celery in half crosswise. Stuff cavity with carrot, celery, and onion. Pierce lemon with a fork; place in neck cavity.
    5. 5
      Combine salt and pepper; rub mixture over turkey. Fold wings under, and tie legs together with string, if desired.
    6. 6
      Drain wood chunks, and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker, and add water to depth of fill line. Place turkey in center of lower food rack; cover with smoker lid.
    7. 7
      Cook 6 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of turkey thigh registers 180°, adding additional water, charcoal, and wood chunks as needed. Remove from smoker, and let stand 15 minutes before slicing. Garnish, if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 10, 2006

      45

      overall good recipe. I did add some more salt, garlic and cajun spice to the brine and rub. Turkey can out moist and smokey.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hickory-Smoked Bourbon Turkey

    Serving Size: 1 (343 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 691.1
     
    Calories from Fat 221
    32%
    Total Fat 24.5 g
    37%
    Saturated Fat 6.9 g
    34%
    Cholesterol 206.9 mg
    68%
    Sodium 791.7 mg
    32%
    Total Carbohydrate 38.8 g
    12%
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    3%
    Sugars 32.6 g
    130%
    Protein 62.4 g
    124%

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    pickling spices

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