Myron Mixon's Smoked Turkey

Myron Mixon's Smoked Turkey
Staff Writer

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We go to my wife’s family’s Thanksgiving dinner every year and it’s one of my rare days off from cooking, but the truth is that I love to smoke turkey and I don’t believe in waiting for Thanksgiving to enjoy it. It’s an excellent way to feed a crowd at any celebration. And I believe dark meat and white meat are equally delicious, so I make sure I get some of both. Encourage your guests to do the same. And if you’ve never considered it before, you might try pulling the meat off the bird the same way you would when making pulled chicken to have pilled turkey sandwiches. They’re good, too. 

Ingredients

  • One  15-pound turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 8  Cups  chicken broth
  • medium white onions, diced
  • cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1  Cup  dark brown sugar
  • 2  Cups  poultry seasoning

Directions

Rinse the turkey inside and out, and pat it dry thoroughly. Place the turkey in a large garbage bag, and add the chicken broth, onions, garlic, and brown sugar.
Tie the bag to seal it and place it in a large roasting pan. Allow the turkey to marinate this way in the refrigerator overnight.

When you are ready to cook the turkey, heat a smoker to 250 degrees. 

Remove the turkey from the bag, and discard the marinade. Apply the rub all over the bird.

Put the turkey on a rack in a large, deep aluminum pan, place the pan in the smoker, and cook for 5 hours or until the breast meat reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Remove the pan from the smoker. Allow the turkey to rest, loosely covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Then carve the turkey, and serve immediately.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
6g
7%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
47g
36%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
44µg
6%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
268µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
369mg
37%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
75µg
19%
Iron, Fe
13mg
72%
Magnesium, Mg
90mg
28%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
107mg
15%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
600mg
40%
Water
119g
4%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Turkey Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.