Smoked turkey recipes can be made in the oven or in a crock pot. Make sure to have liquid smoke on hand, as it'll prove to be the key to any good smoked turkey recipe. You can also use a barbeque pit or water-smoker, which can be electric or charcoal "fired." If you plan on buying a smoker, be sure to check out all of your options, and do your research before making the purchase.
Crock Pot Smoked Turkey
For barbeque beginners, try out making a smoked turkey in a crock pot first. You won't need a ton of ingredients or high-tech equipment to make a juicy smoked turkey recipe. In your crock pot, add in 4 to 5 pounds of turkey breast, 1 ½ cups of water, 1 ½ teaspoons of liquid smoke, ½ teaspoon rosemary, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon thyme, ¼ teaspoon onion powder and 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic. Turn the crock pot on high for about an hour, and then turn it down to low for another 2 to 3 hours. For a little kick, add in a ½ teaspoon of Tabasco sauce as well.
Basics for Smoking Turkey
If you plan on smoking an entire turkey, not just turkey breasts, here are a few helpful tips before you get started. Cooking turkey can be easy once you know the basics. The beauty of the smoked turkey is that you don't need any rub or extra seasonings for the bird. The smoking process adds in all the flavor you need. For this type of turkey, you will need either a barbeque pit or water-smoker. Next, pick out wood chips, preferably mesquite or hickory. These chips will provide a natural flavor for the turkey.
Then follow the particular directions on your water-smoker to set up the fire. You can then either smoke the turkey using water or a mixture of wines. The cooking time for the turkey will depend on how big the turkey is. Make sure you have a meat thermometer that will let you know when the inside of the turkey has reached 180 degrees Fahrenheit. As a rule of thumb, it should take about a half an hour per pound at 250 degrees.
You can also include two cans of any beer when smoking the turkey. Different types of alcohol, like wine and beer is perfect for turkey. Also try using some apple juice as well for a different type of flavor.
With these recipes for leftover turkey, you'll enjoy delicious meals long after Thanksgiving.
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