Let’s Talk Turkey

 Posted by at 12:37 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 082021

Smoked turkey, that is. For a long time now, we have been talking about smoking a turkey in our Orion convection smoker, but we never seemed to get around to it. On our last shopping excursion to Publix grocery store a couple of weeks ago, they had turkey breasts on sale, and Terry asked if she should get one, and we would give it a try. The price was good, something like $7 for a seven pound breast, and I told her we should. Yesterday was the big day.

But before she started on the project, we looked at YouTube videos on smoking turkeys, and one of the things they recommended was a wireless digital meat thermometer. So Terry did some research on Amazon and decided on a MEATER Plus smart wireless unit. It connects to a smartphone with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and supposedly has a 165 foot signal range.

Yesterday she prepped the turkey breast by seasoning it with a rub made up of butter, smoked paprika, thyme, rosemary, sage, garlic powder, parsley, freshly ground black pepper, and pink Himalayan salt.

With that done, we took it outside to the Orion, where we had already added applewood chips to the smoker’s inside pan to enhance the flavor. Then we lit the charcoal on the outside of the smoker and waited to see what happened. What happened was amazing!

Ninety minutes later, the app on Terry’s phone said that the turkey was at the proper temperature and ready to come out of the smoker. Then she tented it with foil and let it rest for the time indicated by the timer. Tell me that doesn’t look delicious.

And if you think it looks good, you won’t believe how it tasted! Especially with Terry’s homemade red beans and rice and andouille sausage. My taste buds jumped out of my mouth, ran across the table, and gave her a high five. Then they ran right back where they belong because they wanted more of that!

The turkey was moist and delicious, and the smoke flavoring was indescribable. We both agreed that we would definitely be doing that again sometime soon.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with U.S. addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – It’s been six months since I joined the gym and I have not seen any progress at all. Tomorrow I’m going to go there and find out what the problem is.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “Let’s Talk Turkey”

  1. The Meater+ looks temptng, much nicer than the wired probes I use.

  2. That truly looks tasty. That might be something to try when the kids come to visit.
    Since the Covid Lock-Downs started all the Gyms have been locked down.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  3. Jerry Walter.

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