Carolina Smoked Turkey

Nothing better than a smoked turkey for the Holidays!! Pig Powder inside and out, Carolina Butter under the skin, stuffed with red jalapenos and glazed with UR Carolina BBQ Sauce yields a succulent bite with a little bite of its own.

A festive main dish that is really simple to prepare, but stunning, and does not need any room in the oven.

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Carolina Smoked Turkey feat. Underwood Ranches Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce

There is nothing more perfect than a turkey that has been smoked for the holidays!!
Cook Time 4 hrs
Resting Time 20 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course BBQ Sauce, Dinner, Main Course
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 10-12 lb. Turkey (thawed and rinsed, giblets removed)
  • Underwood Ranches Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
  • 1 ½ Sticks Butter (softened)
  • Trim Tabb’s Pig Powder
  • 16-24 Jalapenos, Red or Green (or poblanos)

Instructions
 

  • The night before cooking, rinse off the thawed turkey. Dry with paper towels.
  • Using a large wooden spoon or your fingers, loosen the skin from the turkey body, especially the breast area and the legs and thighs.

Carolina Butter: Stir together 1 ½ sticks softened butter with 3 T UR Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce until combined and silky.

  • Spread the Carolina Butter under the skin as far as you can reach without tearing the skin.
  • Liberally sprinkle the Pig Powder or favorite dry rub on the outside and inside the cavities of the bird.
  • Cover and let sit in fridge overnight.
  • An hour before you are ready to cook, remove turkey from the refrigerator and stuff cavities with topped red jalapenos. Can use green jalapenos, poblanos or whatever you have to impart a layer of flavor.
  • Preheat smoker to 225 degrees and place turkey in a disposable foil roasting pan, breast side down.
  • Smoke for about 90 minutes, increase temperature to 325 and cook for about 1 hr. Turn the turkey to breast side up and cook for about 1 hr – 1 ½ hrs or until breast meat registers 160 and the thigh meat is about 175. Cover thinner parts that seem to be cooking faster with foil.
  • Brush on Underwood Ranches Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce and raise temperature to High or about 425 for about 5-10 minutes or until it starts to glaze up a little.
  • Remove from smoker and let sit for about 20 minutes. Collect drippings from the pan, pour off fat and make up a gravy with cornstarch and water. Triple layers of flavor!!
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