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cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,272
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Bought turkey legs to smoke. I have hickory chips, would another flavor be better? Also, I thought butter under the skin and sage would do the trick. Any comments/suggestions would be great! Thanx.
Molly

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  • cookn biker,[p]I was gonna do some soon as well, I will be using Maple wood for smoke.
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  • Molly,[p]You're right on target. Be careful with the sage. A llittle goes a long way.
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  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,360
    cookn biker,[p]Pecan gives a really spectacular golden brown hue to turkey. If you don't have the wood on hand, just a handful of shells will do. I like to add a bit of oregano and basil along with the sage.[p]gdenby
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  • cookn biker,[p]I found that hickory is a strong smoke, and goes better with 'red' meats. Try the fruit woods if you have any, apple or cherry is wonderful with poultry. Also, you might get into the habit of buying wood 'chunks' instead of 'chips'. They last longer during the cooking process. Do yourself a favor and contact 'guava greg' and purchase some of his hawaian guava wood chunks. It has become one of my favorite smoke flavors for poultry and pork. He can be found on the forum. Something like a 12 pound box of chunk for $20 postage paid if I remember correctly, but he might have bumped his price since I ordered last. Also, I reduced some medium dry sherry to almost a syrup (down to 3-4 Tablespoons from about a cup of sherry), then added it to some butter and sage before I did a 12 pound turkey a few weeks ago. It lended a bit of sweetness, and I was pleased with the result. Butter blend under the skin will definately keep the meat moist and lend a great flavor. Let us know how it turns out............Happy Egging............Eggcitable Boy

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  • Molly......[p]You can get hawaiian guava wood from greg at www.hawaiiguava.com He also has another product, kiawe wood, on the website, but I have not tried that yet. Similar to a sweeter, milder mesquite wood according to greg.............Eggcitable Boy[p]

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  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,272
    Eggcitable Boy,
    Thanx for the info, great stuff! I will start a regiment of chunks vs chips. The reduction of sherry sounds awesome. I am planning on a whole turkey on the 9th of April,as I have and extra day off and will consider that.
    Molly

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