Smoked turkey adds a delicious twist to a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- and makes for great leftovers too. Whether you splurge on a whole smoked turkey or simply use the breast, our recipes for smoked turkey in salads, sandwiches, and casseroles will give you plenty of great ways to serve it this Thanksgiving.See Popular Smoked Turkey Recipes
The best way to describe the Iowa State Fair's monster smoked turkey leg is: "Fred Flintstone food." Seriously, there's something fundamentally primal about walking around with a giant poultry leg in your hand and ripping the meat off the bone with your teeth. It's also enough meat to feed a family--no kidding, it weighs well over a pound.
Soaking the turkey breast in the spicy brown sugar brine helps keep the meat moist and juicy, even after 1 1/2 hours of smoke cooking.
This smoked turkey breast is great for entertaining because it feeds a crowd. Plus there's not much to do except wait while the brine turns the bird luxurious and then wait again until the grill turns it irresistible.
A lot of people are getting on the turkey bandwagon, and we'll admit, we're with them. Not that we're ever likely to turn our backs entirely on a good all-beef hamburger or smoked kielbasa any time soon. But the truth is, the turkey-based alternatives are often just as flavorful and somehow lighter but still satisfying.
Knowing how to make collard greens is trendy nowadays! The nutritious, inexpensive leafy greens?? packed with vitamins, especially A and C??are popping up on restaurant menus across the country. It's probably because they make such an easy yet delicious side dish.
If you think Thanksgiving is the only time of year to test your skills at smoking a turkey, think again. This slow-cooking method infuses the meat with a savory and smoky flavor that's as good during the warm spring and summer months as it is during the cool holiday season. Like roasting, smoking uses low, indirect heat. But it's more than just heating--this method actually adds a rich flavor to the meat, which can be influenced by your choice of wood chips, herbs and other flavorings you put directly on the heat source in your smoker. And since the process take several hours, you can make a day out of smoking your turkey. So, break out the Frisbee, lounge in the hammock and soak up the sun and fresh air, while the smoker does all the work.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, there is really one true star of the show: the turkey. And though it can be fun to play with different cooking methods and ingredients, there's something to be said for playing it straight. After all, guests are looking for a Thanksgiving roast turkey that's beautifully golden brown on the outside, plump and juicy on the inside.
You say you're already tired of Thanksgiving turkey recipes? Then, listen up, my friends. Or "read up," if you will. The minute Thanksgiving dinner is over, I want you to push back your chair, waddle to the kitchen, and strip all the meat off the turkey. Thanksgiving leftovers are a necessary challenge. Trying to store Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge when you have to navigate around a looming, poorly wrapped turkey carcass is an unnecessary waste -- a waste of time, space, and turkey. Pull off all the meat (don't forget to turn the bird over!) and send itread more
There are occasions that call for a champagne toast, holiday gatherings that all but require roast turkey or smoked ham, but when you're celebrating something so big you need to pull out all the stops, you'll want to know how to cook prime rib. Prime rib, sometimes called a standing roast, is the piece de resistance of beef roasts. It can be served with or without ribs and can satisfy a hungry crowd. But it's not inexpensive, so you'll want to make sure you get it perfect.
This year, my resolution is to eat more healthy greens, specifically collards. What's so great about this nutrition-packed vegetable is that you can buy a ton of it, keep in on hand, and create all kinds of easy dishes without ever having to make up anything ahead -- think "rice" with way more goodness! Let's get started with a terrific recipe for Collard Greens and Smoked Turkey. Slow-simmered meat is the secret of this hearty winter-warming dish, but feel free to substitute ham. Either way, the greens turn silky and luscious. Collard greens -- those broad-leafed mildly flavoredread more
Collards are a regional staple in the Southeast, but people in other parts of the country are less familiar with how to cook collard greens. Considering that they're packed with nutrients such as vitamins A and C--not to mention being delicious--it's about time that changed.
Tradition is a big part of any holiday meal. Whether you serve a ham or turkey on the big day probably has a lot to do with the tradition that was passed down to you from your family. But no matter what you put on your table, there's a wine for that! If you're serving ... Ham Probably one of the most traditional entrees, a smoked ham is usually accompanied by a sweet coating, like honey -- or cherry and pomegranate. In this case, wines with smokiness or oak aging will be the best to complement dinner.read more
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh ... HOLD ON! Grandma doesn't live in the middle of the forest anymore. She moved long ago to Tuscany-on-the-Turnpike -- yes, that new shopping mall with the gladiator guards and senior units over the Best Buy/Old Navy complex. She just bought herself a new car, too, one of those cute little FIAT 500s. A red one. Why are we still celebrating America's favorite holiday -- Thanksgiving -- as if the Pilgrims had just landed in Massachusetts? Tradition isread more
A Southwestern Thanksgiving stays down to earth -- right where it ought to be. Because that's the way Arizonans, New Mexicans, and Texans like to to eat every day of the year. The "three sisters" of Native American gardens -- corn, beans and squash -- are the basis of many a Southwestern meal. And for Thanksgiving, they all come together in one spectacular holiday feast. In our Southwestern menu, avocado and pumpkin salsa perks up tortilla chips. Black beans join a stuffing for acorn squash; toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) pair up with butternut squash for a smooth and crunchyread more
So you checked out our tip sheet on buying the right turkey, and now you've hauled home this big hunk of a bird from the grocery store. One question remains: what're you going to do with it? True, no one's going to fault you for taking the classic approach: season it with a little salt and pepper, brush it with oil (so you get that picture-perfect golden hue), then let it roast. The turkey may be the focal point of the Thanksgiving table, but it's got a whole supporting cast of flavorful sides. Because really, what's theread more