Holiday turkey fads may come and go but smoking the turkey is here to stay - and for good reason. Smoking the turkey will give your previously boring and dry turkey new life, in a manner of speaking. Your guests will keep coming back for more of the juicy, amazing smoked flavor your bird will offer. Not to mention smoking your turkey will also leave your oven free for the rest of your amazing dishes and allow you to get dinner on the table sooner, despite the longer cooking process.
Here are the 10 things you'll need to get your turkey smoking!
1. A Good Smoker
Depending on your budget and fuel source, you've got options! The Masterbuilt 40" Digital Electric Smoker and the Masterbuilt 30" Digital Electric Smoker are both great electric choices. Both can cook 2 whole turkeys at a time! The 40" version has 975 sq. Inch of cooking space, a viewing window, and remote control. The 30" version is more moderately priced but is a best seller in it's price range.
If a propane smoker is what you're looking for, take a look at the Masterbuilt 40" Propane Smoker is just as big as it's electric cousin and comes with a 15,400 BTU stainless steel burner and temperature gauge. Smoke Hollow's 38-Inch Propane Smoker is similarly priced, well rated, and has a 20,000 BTU burner.
1. Turkeys were first domesticated by Mexicans around 800 B.C. Aww...I can just see them running around in their little maid and butler outfits.
2. Thanksgiving started out as a religious holiday celebrated by English Pilgrims and Puritans as a day of thanksgiving to God.
3. Turkeys were first used for meat by Native Americans around 100 AD. Can't believe it took them that long to realize there were drumsticks to be had.
It's that time of year again. The holidays are officially upon us, which means it's time to start attending those family dinners and get-togethers. Not too sure you're ready to face your family for a holiday shindig? We get it. Check out these top 10 things you need to survive yet another holiday dinner with the family!
1. Comfy Ear Plugs/Muffs
Just smile and nod when you see Aunt Margaret's lips moving and you’ll avoid lengthy discussion on why you're still single.
2. Teeth Whitening Strips
Sometimes you just have to smile and let things go. Flash those pearly whites whenever the conversation gets uncomfortable or out of control and with any luck the conversation will switch to how great you look. Or they’ll be temporarily blinded. That works too!
3. A Killer Body
Doctors say that when your body feels better, your mind feels better, and you feel less stress. In addition, showing up for dinner with a killer body will give you a reason to gloat at dinner! (I didn’t say it would do anything for your sense of humility!) If you don’t have a gym membership, try one of these dvd workouts: Zumba Fitness, Shaun T's INSANITY, Circuit Burnout 90. Or you could plunk down the cash for your own treadmill, stair climber, or elliptical.