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Wampus
11-25-2011, 09:10 AM
12 lb Norbest turkey, 9.5% enhanced.
Thawed in the fridge over about 5 days.
Brined for 24 hours in:

2 gallons water
2 Cups salt
1 Cup dark brown sugar
1 palmful of whole peppercorns
Juice of 2 lemons
1 good long squeeze of honey (I'd guess about 1/2 cup)
T-Day morning, I made up a herb/carlic/citrus butter with

2 sticks melted butter
Juice of 2 oranges
1 whole package of fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 whole package of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 whole bud of garlic, minced and made into a paste
Rubbed the herb butter all over the bird, especially under the skin, in the cavity, etc.

Put about a clove's worth of garlic and a couple of TBS herbs into the turkey cannon with some AJ. Mounted the turkey and trussed it up:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_3893.jpg


Then onto the ham.....

About a 10 lb shank portion ham from the hog that my brother and I went in on this spring. Scored the fat and rubbed it down with SM Sweet & Spicy:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_3892.jpg



The set up:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_3890.jpg


The ham went on the ECB, loaded with lump, pecan and oak. No water in the bowl and ham on the top grate.

The turkey went on the UDS, rollin with 1 chunk each of cherry and pecan. 1 quart of homemade smoked chicken stock went into the pan to help catch drippings.

Started the turkey cookin at 325 & let the drum crawl up to about 400. I was having a bit of trouble with getting the ECB up as high, so I had to do a little charcoal maintenance. After that, it was finally boogyin along, but 2 hours in, the turkey was about 20 degrees ahead of the ham, so I choked the intakes down on the UDS and dropped cook temp down to about 250 for the next 1-1.5 hours.

At about 3.5 hours in, opened all intakes on the turkey (UDS) and let it crank back up to around 400.

Made up a mustard/whiskey glaze for the ham and glazed it for the last 1/2 hour of the cook. The glaze recipe was:

1 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar
1/4 Cup dijon mustard
1/4 Tsp ground clove
1/4 Tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 Tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 Tsp ground allspice
2 TBS Whiskey
The turkey drippings were the base for the giblet gravy.


Probably the purtiest bird I've smoked yet. Color was perfect!
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_3895.jpg

And the ham:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_3896.jpg



Carved:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0038.jpg

The rest of the menu was our typical family Thanksgiving menu (in order of appearance):

Shrimp Cocktail (ME)
Cheeseball (My son made this!)
Pumpkin Fluff (Mom)
Cream Cheese mashed potatoes (ME)
Pork sausage bread stuffing (Mrs. Wampus)
Sweet potatoes (MIL)
Green bean casserole (Brother/SIL)
Broccoli cheese casserole (Brother/SIL)
Homemade applesauce (ME)
Roasted carrots (Mom)
Macaroni & Cheese (MIL)
Cranberry Salad (Mom)
Biscuits (Mrs. Wampus)
Homemade turkey giblet gravy (Mom put this together)
Homemade Pumpkin Cream Pie (SIL)
Homemade Deep Dish Apple Pie (ME)
Homemade Pumpkin Pie (Mom)
Here's some of the sides:
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0039.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0040.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0041.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0042.jpg



One of my favorite things is to have lots of people around our table(s) enjoying the food! Everyone loved it!
http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0046.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0044.jpg

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz327/wampusbbq/Thanksgiving%202011/IMG_0045.jpg


I hope you all had as great a day as I did!


Thanks for lookin!

Boshizzle
11-25-2011, 09:15 AM
Nice cookin and looks like everyone had a great time.

Midnight Smoke
11-25-2011, 09:20 AM
That is a pretty bird! Everything just looks great!

JMSetzler
11-25-2011, 09:33 AM
Wampus, looks like a great spread for the family! I have been envying all the fantastic Thanksgiving day meals posted on here yesterday and today. I ate dry turkey and wet stuffing in the hospital cafeteria as I worked all day yesterday!

smokingj
11-25-2011, 09:59 AM
very nice. job well done.

Ron_L
11-25-2011, 10:03 AM
That's a lot of food! Great job!

Sunra
11-25-2011, 10:11 AM
Everything looks great and everyone is enjoying!

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tish
11-25-2011, 10:25 AM
Looks like a fantastic family effort! Love when everyone pitches in to help. Great looking spread!! :thumb:

landarc
11-25-2011, 10:51 AM
Very nice, good cooking Wamp

gtr
11-25-2011, 11:47 AM
You guys are not farking around! Looks fantastic. :clap2:

Was the ham a fresh ham or had it been cured/smoked previous to the cook yesterday? I've been wanting to cure/smoke a fresh ham - been doing the double smoked thing for a while.

BigBobBQ
11-25-2011, 12:20 PM
wow that looks spectacular and looks like the family was enjoying every bite, great job!

Wampus
11-25-2011, 12:24 PM
THANKS ALL!

Was the ham a fresh ham or had it been cured/smoked previous to the cook yesterday? I've been wanting to cure/smoke a fresh ham - been doing the double smoked thing for a while.

It was a fresh ham when the hog was slaughtered this spring, but I went ahead and paid the butcher to cold smoke it before I picked it up. I probably should have just done it myself, but chickened out for some reason.

I do have a fresh whole ham (butt and shank portion together) in the freezer that I've had for some time.

That one, though, was already smoked. Still turned out pretty good!

big brother smoke
11-25-2011, 12:36 PM
Nice groceries, Brother everything look Simply Marvelous!:clap2:

Al Czervik
11-25-2011, 12:42 PM
Bravo Wampus!!! :thumb:

Looks like a fantastic feast with a wonderful family and good times were had by all. Thanks for sharing the pics and going into the all the details! :becky:

Moose
11-25-2011, 01:44 PM
What a superb looking feast!

Bbqin fool
11-25-2011, 01:49 PM
Wampus my brother you knocked it out of the park! Great looking spread! Love seeing a family together!

Grillman
11-25-2011, 02:16 PM
It all looks mighty good...:hungry:

Hoosier1960
11-25-2011, 02:31 PM
Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing :eusa_clap

SmokinAussie
11-25-2011, 04:24 PM
Kempis, out of all the Turkeys I've been looking at over the last week or so, THAT one has to be the best one I've seen!

Cheers!

Bill

AustinKnight
11-25-2011, 05:01 PM
Great looking Thanksgiving brotha, that bird looks awesome I knew I should have used two chunks of apple instead of 4, you live and you learn but it was still good just darker then I wanted.

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morgaj1
11-25-2011, 10:03 PM
Great looking spread and family there Wampus. I love the patina on your UDS. Gotta question though. Is that a Bama shirt I see? How'd you get a Bama fan up there in IN?

BigTony
11-26-2011, 07:52 AM
Ya Wampus!!!
Envy the whole meal......T

Wampus
11-26-2011, 10:49 AM
Great looking spread and family there Wampus. I love the patina on your UDS. Gotta question though. Is that a Bama shirt I see? How'd you get a Bama fan up there in IN?

HA HA HA!!! I figured someone would pick up on that!

Actually, my niece called Kathy (my MIL) Bama (pronounced: Bamaw) when she was little and the name stuck. My kids all know her as Bama and that's where the shirt came from. Good catch though!:thumb:

KarBQue
11-26-2011, 11:48 AM
That's it... I'm getting a turkey cannon. Your post just sealed the deal. I see Dick's Sporting Goods carries them.

The bird looks great, but the ham ham got me. I LOVE ham.
Good work... it all looks wonderful. :hungry:

BobBrisket
11-26-2011, 12:26 PM
DOODE! Looks killer. That "butter" ball turkey looks exactly like the one my dad did yesterday. We did it in a pan though on the UDS. Took a while to get that thing cooked. We also hit it with some SM Cherry rub. I'm liking that canon. Seems it lets the bird sit up so the smoke gets all around it! My dad tried the beer can method on the bird..............but the UDS lid wouldn't close:sad:. Looks like a great family time too! Plus, Miller Lite just makes the party! I'd hit all that spread.
Bob

morgaj1
11-26-2011, 10:26 PM
HA HA HA!!! I figured someone would pick up on that!

Actually, my niece called Kathy (my MIL) Bama (pronounced: Bamaw) when she was little and the name stuck. My kids all know her as Bama and that's where the shirt came from. Good catch though!:thumb:

Funny. We called my great grandmother Bammaw. I always thought that was a Southern thing...