My Bride has made disparaging remarks about my manhood and questioned whether I still have any cojones left because I said I wasn't going to smoke the Thanksgiving turkey. So now I have do it and not mess up - at least not too bad.
I thought about brining the 11.5 pound bird, but will not have time as it has been thawing about 12 hours and has a bit to go. If it smokes for 5-6 hours or maybe a bit more, there will be no time for a good brining. That will have to wait for another smoke.
I'm going to make a dry rub that is mostly just poultry seasonings with lemon zest. I will apply that rub to the cleaned bird just after I coat it good with EVO.
I plan to use hickory chips in the MES 40 and some brown sugar, and this is where my questions come in.
Do I use chips during the entire smoke or add them maybe a couple hours before expected completion?
I plan to put about a half cup of brown sugar in an aluminum foil shaped container that I will put in the water pan with no water. Again, I'd like to know whether to put the sugar at the start or add it some time into the smoke.
My manhood is on the line so I need your help!! This is my first smoke in the new MES 40.