smoked turkey with fig bbq sauce
1 Gallon water
1/2 Cup sugar
2 dried bay leaves
2 Large thyme sprigs
1/2 Cup salt
6 Turkey Thighs
1/2 Cup Ras El Hanout
6 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 Cup Your Favorite Apricot BBQ Sauce
4 Figs, fresh
Bring the brine ingredients to a boil over high heat on the stovetop. Mix thoroughly until the sugar and salt are dissolved and let cool.
Add the turkey thighs and let brine overnight or for at least 4 hours. Remove from the brine, rinse and pat dry.
Set grill temperature to 250℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Pellet Tube if available.
Rub the turkey thighs with the ras el hanout, rub with a tablespoon each of olive oil and then lay the thighs directly on the grill grate. Smoke for 2 hours.
To make the fig BBQ sauce: Combine the figs (remove stems and cut into quarters) and Z Grill Apricot BBQ Sauce in a small saucepan over medium-heat. Add 3 Tbsp water and cook for 20 minutes or until the figs have softened adding more water as needed. Remove what remains of the figs and discard.
When the turkey thighs have finished smoking, remove them from the grill and set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. When grill is to temperature, add the thighs back and cook, basting occasionally with the fig bbq sauce until deeply caramelized and the thighs have reached an internal temperature of of 165℉.
Remove turkey thighs from grill and baste with a little more of the BBQ sauce. Enjoy!