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Did anyone try AB's "honey brined smoked turkey"?

BlueRidgeBlueRidge Posts: 84
edited 5:08PM in EggHead Forum
We had so much fun with the MadMax t-bird we want to do it again this weekend but thought we would try something different. Did anyone try Alton Brown's "honey brined smoked turkey"yet and if so did you make any alterations to his recipe for the egg.[p]If you have not tried it but would make an adaptation for the egg I would appreciate your always.[p]Thanks,



  • TRexTRex Posts: 2,714
    <p />BlueRidge,[p]This picture was taken the day after, after half the turkey had been carved - but at this angle you almost can't tell, hee-hee.[p]We brined a 14 lb bird per AB's honey brine recipe for 12 hours, let dry after brining in fridge for 12 hours, then wiped with vegetable oil and put on 325 degree Egg. It took about 4.5 hours to reach 160 in the breast, and at 140 internal I kicked the dome temp up to 375-400 to get the browning I wanted (still wasn't brown after over 3 hours at 325. That last kick-up in dome temp browned her nicely.[p]VERY good results - very moist and flavorful. Company said "best turkey they've ever eaten blah blah . . . " I think it's a winner.[p]Oh, I did ice the breasts for 45 minutes prior to putting on the Egg.[p]Cheers,[p]TRex

  • TRex,[p]Thanks for your thoughts...[p]Did you use the hickory like he suggested. I don't think I would do the alluminum foil thing but rather just throw a large hunk of hickory in there...or perhaps apple....or perhaps both.......[p]I had planned on doing the ice/breast trick as well. Worked well for the Thanksgiving bird.[p]
  • TRexTRex Posts: 2,714
    BlueRidge,[p]I didn't use any wood. Poultry soaks up smoke like a sponge. There was still just a hint of smoke flavor from the BGE charcoal - just the right amount, IMO.[p]Cheers,[p]TRex
  • TRex,
    Thanks again.

  • SyraQSyraQ Posts: 95
    BlueRidge,[p]No but I did try Wegman's (a local northeast megastore) honey brined turkey recipe. Only thing is, I was not up to dealing with the awful weather we had up here ( I get better as the winter progresses) so I cooked it inside. But I am definitely wanting to try this on the egg with a turkey breast or turkey.
    [ul][li]Wegman's honey brined turkey[/ul]
  • SyraQSyraQ Posts: 95
    P.S.[p]Forgot to add, it was really good. You definitely could taste a "flavor" to the turkey from the honey, and I added a little bit of maple syrup, too.[p]
  • NessmukNessmuk Posts: 251
    I ordered one but FedEx failed in delivery. I had to run out & buy one off the shelf to salvage Thanksgiving a year ago.[p]No more mail order meats for me.[p]I can buy any of their products here in Metro Kansas City without facing the unknown delivery.[p]

  • JM3JM3 Posts: 272
    BlueRidge,[p]I've done ABs Honey Brined Turkey 4 or 5 times. I have always gotten good results. I've even done a honey brine and then used the mad max butter and spices on the turkey and white wine gravy. Great combination.[p]If you every get a chance try Emeril's Funky Southwestern Bird. The brine for that recipe is really good also.[p]John
  • JM3,[p]I can second the recommendation for both recipes. This year was the AB honey brine and it was excellent. The Emeril recipe definitely kicks up the flavor a notch.

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