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Honey and Apple Smoked Turkey

1 turkey (10 to 12 lbs.)

16 cups of water - approximately
4 cups hot water
3 cups pickling salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons pickling spice
1 teaspoon saltpetre (optional)

2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup maple syrup
2 apples, quartered

Pre-soaked apple and/or maple chunks
apples, about 3 medium, quartered

Fill a large, non reactive container such as a large stock pot with
16 cups of water. In another bowl, stir the four cups of hot water
with the salt, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, pickling spice
and saltpetre (if desired). Stir into cold water in stock pot to
dissolve salt and sugar.

Immerse turkey in salted, spiced water and weigh down to keep
submerged. Refrigerate overnight or at least 4-6 hours. Turn
turkey over occasionally.

Soak about 12-20 medium large chunks of maple and apple hardwood
in water overnight.

Remove turkey from brine. Pat dry with paper towels. Mix dry rub
seasonings together: paprika, Old Bay, salt, pepper, and garlic
powder. Rub over turkey.

Fill turkey cavity with quartered apple sections.

Prepare smoker according to manufacturer's instructions. Add apple
pieces to water tray.

Once briquettes are hot, place 4-6 wet wood chunks on top.

Place turkey on cooking grate and close lid. Baste with maple syrup
during the last three hours (every 45 minutes or so).

Smoke cook, about 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 hours, until turkey temperature
reads 160-165 F. Technically, turkey is thoroughly done when a meat
thermometer inserted into the thigh reads l80 F.

Remove turkey from smoker, drain inside cavity. Cool to warm before
placing in fridge to mature. (24 hours is best. Overnight is okay).


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Where's the HONEY???, November 3, 2005 - 11:28 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Vacaville, CA
This recipe is titled Honey and Apple Smoked Turkey. I reviewed the recipe multiple times and I don't see any honey either in the ingredient list or the prep or the cooking instructions. There is maple syrup listed, is this recipe actually Maple smoked and not honey smoked?

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