Happy post-Thanksgiving and some good eats
by, 11-26-2010 at 12:14 PM (1722 Views)
Some of you know I have recently taken an interest in grilling and smoking up my food. I love cooking outside and the challenge of coming back inside with something mouth-wateringly good. This however was my first holiday smoking everything up and I had an 18 pound turkey, an 18 pound ham, and a house full of relatives waiting to chow down on something delicious.
I've been prepping for this meal for the last month now, but having never smoked anything as thick as an 18 pound turkey (and the same size ham to boot), I was pretty nervous about having everything come out perfect.
I brined the turkey in a savory mix of apple juice, brown sugar, bay leaves, quartered oranges, and some other good stuff for about 24 hours starting Tuesday night, then let it sit and air dry the night before. The ham got a mouth-watering treatment of freshly juiced pineapple, cherries, syrup, and honey injections before cooking, then was basted every hour with more syrup and honey. Both were smoked in a mix of applewood and hickory and the ham was finished off with some pineapple rings, skewered cherries, and final glaze for decorations.
Here are a couple shots below. We also served all the usuals plus some family favorites, and topped it off with more pies than I could count. I wanted to take pictures of the entire meal as we presented it, but I was so tired and we were all so hungry there just wasn't time.
I was really pleased with the compliments I got about how moist the turkey stayed and how flavorful it was along with the flavor and texture in the ham. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't awesome.
We finished the night out by playing Wii Party and a few other games late into the night, so all in all it was a great turkey bash and lots of fun.
So how was turkey day for you guys?