smoked bourbon & orange brined turkey

INGREDIENTS


  • 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

PREPARATION

Steps

1

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.

2

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.

3

Remove turkey and discard brine. Blot turkey dry with paper towels.

4

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).

5

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.

6

Smoke turkey, breast up, for 2 hours.

7

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.

8

Let rest 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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