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Thanksgiving Feast
« on: October 17, 2019, 10:05:28 AM »
As you know, we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second weekend of October.... Well, being in the Motel business, we are usually full with guests over the holiday weekend, so we traditionally have our turkey dinner the middle of the following week.... Since we moved to Coalmont, I have been smoking the turkey in a cross-flow smoker (the kind with a separate fire box on the side)…. It takes a long time to do (~15 min/lb)…. but the results are well worth it.... However, if you have never seen a smoked turkey, you might wonder, as they are pretty much black on the outside....



If you are wondering why the turkey looks like it was run over by a truck, you aren't far wrong in that assessment.... It has been "spatchcocked", which means the backbone removed and the bird flattened out to cook more evenly and faster (it takes 1/2 hour per pound in the smoker if you don't do this) and looks a bit like a butterfly…. Here is a short video on how to butterfly your turkey....

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Only the skin, which my wife prepared with a spice rub, is blackened.... The meat is cooked very evenly, and the breast is not overcooked like when you roast a turkey whole and properly cook the thigh meat.... This is because the thigh meat is more exposed, instead of tucked up under the bird.... We get six meals from a 14 lb. bird for my wife and I.... three conventional turkey dinners, a curried turkey dinner over rice, and two batches of smoked turkey soup.... The latter is unbelievably good, the smoke and spice rub combine to give it a nice bite and lots of flavours….

To all my airgunning friends, Happy Thanksgiving.... I hope you enjoyed (or enjoy in the case of you Yanks who have another month plus to wait) your feast as much as we did last night....

Bob


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Re: Thanksgiving Feast
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 10:32:18 AM »
I should have come up! Looks good!

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Re: Thanksgiving Feast
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 12:26:41 PM »
I smoke a lot of pork shoulders and it's the same thing. They get a deep dark mahogany which some folks seem to think is black. Tain't.  12+ hours on the smoker makes for a very lovely color, bark and smoke flavor.

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Re: Thanksgiving Feast
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2019, 04:21:01 AM »
It looks quite tasty)))
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Re: Thanksgiving Feast
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2019, 07:14:09 AM »
My Thanksgiving feast has turned into something that I would call authentically traditional. In addition to the usually holiday fare of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, etc. we started another feast day prior to Thanksgiving. I call it the 'harvest dinner'. We have a get together a week or two before Thanksgiving and our table fare is 100% what we grew, caught, and shot. The courses are venison backstrap, fresh caught crab, baked salmon, cioppinno, venison/turkey sausage and salami appetizers, baked halibut and rockcod, and of course the vegetables/apple sauce/garden goodies from the past season.

It's becoming more popular and as far as I'm concerned it's the REAL Thanksgiving...game and produce harvested and consumed by friends and family and shared in camaraderie and gratefulness.
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Re: Thanksgiving Feast
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2019, 08:10:21 AM »
This!!!

I absolutely love it. The wild food is amazing to me. Headed to grocery to get a pork shoulder to make dove / pork sausage. :)

My Thanksgiving feast has turned into something that I would authentically traditional. In addition to the usually holiday fare of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, etc. we started another feast day prior to Thanksgiving. I call it the 'harvest dinner'. We have a get together a week or two before Thanksgiving and our table fare is 100% what we grew, caught, and shot. The courses are venison backstrap, fresh caught crab, baked salmon, cioppinno, venison/turkey sausage and salami appetizers, baked halibut and rockcod, and of course the vegetables/apple sauce/garden goodies from the past season.

It's becoming more popular and as far as I'm concerned it's the REAL Thanksgiving...game and produce harvested and consumed by friends and family and shared in camaraderie and gratefulness.
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