Whew! What a busy weekend it was!
It all started with a good 3 miles of running after work on Friday. This half marathon training stuff is crazy. Just crazy. I’m only running 3-4 miles now, and I can’t imagine going 4 times as far!! Then, Saturday, we decided to do a practice holiday meal (since we’re probably hosting Christmas this year…YAY!) and invited the in-laws over…smoked turkey, potatoes, green beans, a twist on cranberry sauce that knocked everyone’s socks off (sharing that Wednesday) and a great dessert that I’m sharing with you guys Friday! It’s going to be a week of Thanksgiving…with a twist…on the blog. I hope you all LOVE it as much as we loved it!
Can I also brag a bit? As far as my side of the family goes…Christmas shopping is ALL DONE! I just have to get something for my husband, and of course, help him out with his family’s gifts. Once I get started on shopping, I am a gift shopping machine. I kind of want to go in the attic and grab our container of gift wrap, but I think my husband would give me a permanent side-eye. Ah well…now to just relax and finish making the gifts that I plan on crafting.
So, that picture may not be the most picture perfect turkey (I think it’s because I didn’t butter the skin well enough and I tore it…womp wah), but OMG…it was SO tasty. And that’s all that matters, right? (especially once it’s carved up) Making the turkey in a smoker is a fun twist on the traditional oven-roasted turkey. It’s full of smoky flavor, and since the turkey is injected with a whole jar of marinade, the turkey is crazy moist.
NOTE: This recipe is intended for an electric smoker (we own a Masterbuilt one).
Source: Dadgum, That’s Good
- one whole turkey, thawed
- 1 bottle buttery creole injection marinade…make sure it comes with an injector or purchase your own (we used Tony Chachere’s)
- cajun seasoning (we used Tony Chachere’s)
- apple wood chips, for smoking
- apple juice
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- Fill the smoker’s water pan 1/3 of the way full with half apple juice and half water (about 3 cups for our particular water pan). Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F. Rinse out and dry the thawed turkey in the sink (don’t forget to disinfect the sink after this!). Using the injector, inject the turkey (in various areas) with one full jar of the buttery marinade.
- Liberally season the skin (and carefully underneath the skin) of the turkey with cajun seasoning, being sure to rub it well into the skin. Cut the butter into small pats, and carefully place them under the skin of the turkey.
- Add a small handful of apple wood chips to the smoker (we have a special loader for this). Open the smoker, and place the turkey on a rack high in the smoker (in the center of the rack) and close the door. Every hour or so of the cooking process, add another handful of apple wood chips to your smoker (no more than 5 times for the whole cooking process of the turkey). Smoke the turkey for about 30 minutes per lb., ensuring that the internal temperature of the turkey breast reaches 165 degrees.
- Remove the turkey from the smoker and place it on a rimmed baking sheet, covering the entire turkey with foil to allow it to rest. Allow the turkey to rest for about 30 minutes before serving.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there are turkeys starting to show up in stores again. One of my family’s favorites has always been Butterball.
This year, Butterball is embracing the new Thanksgiving table and offering great tips for including everyone in the family when it comes to preparing this year’s Thanksgiving feast. I know from hosting Thanksgiving & Christmas parties that any help is definitely welcome in the kitchen. There are tips available on their site to help with anything from choosing the perfect turkey for your family/friends to carving a turkey (other how-tos are available here). Also, for any turkey questions, they also have their turkey talk-line.
The wonderful folks at Butterball want to make Thanksgiving that much easier for three lucky readers of The Nifty Foodie. They’re offering $20 gift certificates to go towards the purchase of your turkey. Isn’t that just awesome? To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Note: This giveaway is open to readers in the continental US only. Entries will be accepted until November 13th at 12:00am (central standard time). Winner will be emailed (make sure you leave an email address in the form), and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: Butterball supplied the 3 $20 gift certificates for the giveaway. I was not compensated or given product to write this post….just wanted to share some turkeys with y’all (because I love these turkeys SO much)! All opinions are 100% my own.