A Great Way to Smoke Your Holiday Turkey

This recipe requires units with a smoker.

Wash and drain turkey. Sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Melt two sticks of butter or margarine. Pour over and inside turkey. Place turkey in foil-lined aluminum pan. Put it on the lower shelf of the smoker. On the top shelf place a cured shoulder ham. Cook at approximately 250̊ for about 45 minutes per pound. (Most turkeys now have a pop-up thermometer in the breast, so there is no guess work as to when it is done.) Baste occasionally with the pan drippings. Let the drippings from the ham do the rest. When the turkey has reached golden brown, remove the ham and cover the turkey with foil, complete cooking. NOTE: The ham is delicious also.

Tasty Chicken

  • 4-6 Boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup salad oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon MSG
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

Place chicken pieces on grill and cook at approximately 250°. Turn and baste with sauce mixture. Turn frequently until done, basting on each turn.

Another Delicious Taco

Use Delicious Taco recipe, substituting fajita meat with Tasty Chicken above.

Charlie’s Bacon Wrapped Chicken Livers

Wash chicken livers and cut into bite size pieces, discarding membrane. Cut bacon strips in half. Place chicken liver on end of bacon strip, salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with minced garlic. Roll tightly in bacon, turn and roll tightly in another bacon strip, making a square. Pin with toothpicks to keep bacon in place. Place on grill, basting with favorite sauce or cook plain until bacon is done.

Cornish Game Hens

Salt and pepper hens; rub with butter or margarine and place a small amount inside each hen. Wrap in foil and cook at 250̊ in smoker or away from direct heat for about three hours. Open foil and allow to finish cooking. Some people like to place a small onion or apple slice inside each hen.

Fantastic Doves

Remove breast from doves (instructions below) and discard the rest. Place ½ of a jalapeno pepper between two dove breasts; (we use Clements Jacques pickled jalapeno peppers) wrap with a strip of bacon and pin with toothpicks. Baste with your favorite sauce and place on grill away from direct heat at 250̊ for 1-1/2 hours. Or cook directly over coals, turning frequently until done.

You can easily remove the breast from the bone before cooking, using a sharp knife, splitting the breast on each side of the bone, and shaving off the meat.

Fantastic Quail

Use recipe for Fantastic Doves, except use a whole jalapeno pepper.

Scott’s Award Winning Chicken Thighs

Place bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, skins down, in foil pan. Pour concentrated lemon juice over the thighs making about 1/8-1/4” in bottom of pan. Place in refrigerator for several hours. Remove from fridge, turn skin side up, season with lemon pepper, garlic salt and a dash of cayenne to taste. Or use your favorite spices. Place in 300° grill and cook for 1 hour. Remove thighs from pan (save pan and juices) place directly on grill for another ½ hour. Return to foil pan and serve.