14 lbs Turkey
Brine for 24 hours before cooking
3 Cups Kosher Salt
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Lemons Zest, Cut and Squeezed
2 Oranges Zest, Cut and Squeezed
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Bottle Apple Juice
5 or 6 Crumbled Bay leaves
Palm full Thyme
Palm full of Pepper
4 Tablespoons Honey
Mix with cold water until Salt and Sugar have dissolved, submerge
turkey and brine for up to 24 hours in refrigerator.
An hour before you start cooking, start the fire and get the main
cooker temperature to 225 degrees. I used white oak because
that's all I have, but I'm sure a nice fruit wood would make the
bird even better.
Dry Rub (NO SALT!)
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh cracked pepper
2 Tablespoons garlic powder
2 Tablespoons ground Thyme
1 Tablespoon ground Sage
1 Tablespoon ground Chile Powder
Remove from Brine, rinse turkey with cold water and pat try with
Rub olive oil on the outside of the turkey.
Separate turkey skin from meat and put rub generously in-between
the skin and meat as well as inside the cavity of the bird.
Use any remaining rub on the outside of the turkey skin.
With one Fosters "Oil Can" beer (I prefer the Ale), pour
out entire contents of beer can into large cold glass and enjoy.
Open the top of the can with heavy duty scissors and fill up the
can half way with chicken or turkey stock.
In the can, put bay leaves, sage (fresh if you have it), 1 Lemon cut,
zest and squeezed, fresh cracked pepper.
Place can in smoker, and turkey on top of the can so that it sits
with its legs down and to the front. The bird should be able
to sit on its own, but metal rib racks can be used to stabilize
Keep temperature at 225, smoke for 30 minutes per pound and until the internal
temperature is 165 degrees.
Mine took about 8 1/2 hours.
Every half hour spray with a mixture of chicken stock, apple juice, and
apple cider vinegar (ratio 2:2:1)
Remove, let rest, and enjoy.
My favorite part of the bird was definitely the meat on the back
along the spine and near the thighs.
I cut up the turkey before serving and had a feast picking the
dark meat from the back, spine and thighs. This turkey was
more tender and flavorful than any other baked or fried turkey
I have ever had.