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Hickory Turkey Recipe

Hickory Turkey Recipe

With a delicious hickory-smoked flavor, this grilled turkey brings a southern twist to the Thanksgiving table—Kim Russell, North Wales, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + marinating Grill: 2 hours + standing YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) pickled ginger slices, drained
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 whole garlic bulbs, halved
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh marjoram or 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds)
  • 4 cups soaked hickory wood chips
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 large navel orange, cut into wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Directions

  • 1. In a stockpot, bring the first 12 ingredients to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature.
  • 2. Remove giblets from turkey; discard. Place a turkey-size oven roasting bag inside a second roasting bag; add turkey. Carefully pour cooled brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Place in a roasting pan. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours, turning occasionally.
  • 3. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Add wood chips to grill according to manufacturer’s directions. Drain turkey and discard brine. Rinse turkey under cold water; pat dry. Place the onion, orange and garlic inside cavity. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Combine oils; rub over skin.
  • 4. Place turkey over the drip pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1 hour. Tent turkey with foil; grill 1-2 hours longer or until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°. Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

10 ounces cooked turkey equals 607 calories, 31 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 235 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 73 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer