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How to Smoke a Turkey on a Big Green Egg – Your Thanksgiving Guide

Smoking a Turkey with a Big Green Egg

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and what better way to impress your family and friends than by smoking a turkey on a Big Green Egg! These unique ceramic grills, available at Thacker Ace Hardware, are perfect for creating a deliciously smoked turkey. Here’s your step-by-step guide to making this Thanksgiving dinner unforgettable.

What You’ll Need

  • A Big Green Egg grill
  • A turkey (size depends on your group)
  • Your favorite turkey brine
  • Smoking wood chips (hickory or applewood are great choices)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Meat thermometer
  • Your preferred seasoning or rub

Step 1: Brining the Turkey

  • Why Brine?: Brining helps keep your turkey moist during the long smoking process.
  • How-To: Dissolve your brine ingredients in water and submerge the turkey. Keep it in the fridge for 12-24 hours.

Step 2: Preparing the Big Green Egg

  • Temperature: Preheat your Big Green Egg to a low and slow temperature of 225-250°F.
  • Adding Wood Chips: Soak your wood chips in water for an hour, then add them to the charcoal for that smoky flavor.

Step 3: Prepping Your Turkey

  • After brining, rinse the turkey and pat dry.
  • Apply your seasoning or rub evenly.
  • Let the turkey sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking.

Step 4: Smoking the Turkey

  • Place the turkey on the grill grate.
  • Tip: Use a drip pan filled with water under the grate to keep the turkey moist.
  • Cooking Time: Expect to cook the turkey for about 30 minutes per pound.

Step 5: Monitoring and Resting

  • Check Temperature: The turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the breast.
  • Resting: Let the turkey rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute.

Step 6: Enjoy

Smoking a turkey on a Big Green Egg is not just about cooking; it’s an experience. From the aroma of the wood chips to the juicy, flavorful turkey, it’s a process that makes Thanksgiving even more special. Visit us at Thacker Ace Hardware to get your Big Green Egg and all the supplies you’ll need. Happy smoking and happy Thanksgiving!

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