Whew, what a day at the store today. Very busy and have had a chance to talk to many customers about the upcoming holidays; especially Thanksgiving this Thursday! It's that time of year to reflect on everything we are thankful for whether it be good health, family, fortune, or whatever you can appreciate in your life. I know I am very thankful for having the business, such a great business partner and wonderful family and friends. I would say my health but at my age, that can go at any time! :)
So many of our customers smoke their turkeys for the holidays. One question that we get asked quite a bit this time of year is what type of wood works best around the holidays. By far our most popular wood is apple. Apple wood works great with pork and poultry; especially poultry. Mix apple and pecan and you have, in my opinion, the perfect smoked wood combination for smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving. Really any kind of wood works as long as you enjoy it. Many people enjoy maple or cherry which can be more robust flavors. About the only wood that might be different for turkey is mesquite. That is a stronger and harder wood. You either like it or you don't.
As far as smoking a turkey, as simple as roasting a turkey. My favorite video on smoking a turkey is this one:
It is based on the recommendations of Meathead on the Amazing Ribs website. Very simple to do. Really the only difference is not to fill the cavity of the bird when you smoke it to allow the heat to penetrate the middle evenly.
However you decide to cook your turkey (just please be careful if you decide to deep fry your turkey as that is by far the most dangerous), we here at CBO want everyone to have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving!
As a reminder, we will have a Black Friday sale the day after Thanksgiving. Come on down to stock up on some of your favorite items at great prices!