smoked bourbon & orange brined turkey
1 Your Favorite Orange Brine and Turkey Rub Kit
4 Quart water
1 Cup bourbon
1 (12-14 lb) turkey, fresh or thawed
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
1 Tablespoon Grand Mariner or other orange-flavored liquor
Mix Orange Brine seasoning (from Z Grill Orange Brine & Turkey Rub Kit) with one quart of water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add 3 quarts of cold water and bourbon. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
Place turkey breast side down in a large container. Pour cooled brine mix over bird. Add cold water until bird is submerged. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
Remove turkey and discard brine. Blot turkey dry with paper towels.
Combine butter and Grand Marnier and coat outside of turkey. Season outside of turkey with Z Grill Turkey Rub (from Orange Brine & Turkey Rub Kit).
When ready to cook, set Z Grill temperature to 225˚F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Pellet Tube if available.
Smoke turkey, breast up, for 2 hours.
Increase grill temperature to 350˚F and roast turkey until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165F, 2 to 3 hours, depending on size of turkey.
Let rest 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!