Re: First turkey1 Gallon Water
1 Cup coarse Kosher Salt
3/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Tblsp Black Pepper
3-4 Tblsp Chopped Garlic
1 Tsp Allspice
1 Ounce Morton's Tenderquick (optional)
. Heat water/salt/sugars to rolling boil. Take off burner, add other ingredients.
. Allow mixture to cool before placing meat into solution. Place 10-12 lb. Turkey in non reactive container and cover with brine.
. Refrigerate for minimum of 24 hrs, preferably 48 hrs.
. Remove turkey from the refrigerator and discard brine. Rinse turkey 3 times, pat dry and lightly rub skin with mayonnaise. Apply light coating of Cookshack Spicy Chicken Rub.
. Place Turkey in Smoker and smoke cook @200 Degrees for one Hr per pound. With 4 oz. wood. I like cherry or apple wood for my turkey.
. Smoke until internal temperature of breast reaches 160-165. Remove from smoker to rest for 30 minutes before slicing.
I used the optional tenderquick as it was suggested.I dont remember where this one came from but it has been terrific on turkey,cornish hens and pheasants.I am sure there are simpler recipes but I do like this one.