My husband and his brothers love to smoke...and I don't mean cigarettes! Three of the 4 brothers...as well as our oldest son...own smokers. This is something I never really thought I would enjoy...smoked meat...but have been pleasantly surprised with their results over the years. The men have smoked beef roasts, ribs, sausage, brisket and chicken...at least that is what I have tried.
My husband wanted to smoke a turkey breast for Thanksgiving. He did some research online - he reads smoking blogs like I read knitting blogs - and found a recipe. Tuesday night he gathered his ingredients and mixed up the brine and began soaking the turkey. Luckily we now have a second fridge because this took up a lot of room. My understanding is that brining adds flavor and keeps the turkey very moist. The only other thing we have brined before smoking was chicken...so maybe it is a poultry thing.
Tonight he will take the turkey out of the brine, pat it dry and apply a rub to the outside. It will then be wrapped in plastic wrap and put back into the fridge.
Thursday he will be up early to get the charcoal going in the smoker...the coals need to reach a certain temp before the meat is placed inside. Then the rest is easy...just making sure the coals stay at the proper temp and watching the temp of the turkey...you heat it to about 5-10 degrees below what is considered "done" since it cooks a little more once removed from the smoker.
I took the afternoon off and have spent it roasting sweet potatoes...once they cool I will mix with melted butter, a little brown sugar and OJ and place in a casserole and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Then it will be ready for the oven tomorrow. I love sweet potatoes...but not the sickening sweet candied kind...or ones with marshmallows...yuck! I made this concoction last year and it is delicious!
I also made the mashed potatoes...tons...because there was a small issue last Christmas at my BIL's where he ran out of mashed potatoes before everyone had some...not happening here!
And I have started on the stuffing...almost done. All this prep will make tomorrow a breeze...so I can enjoy some sangria!