It’s that time of year again. That time to figure out how you are going to cook your bird. Are you going to roast, deep fat fry, or smoke it?
I’d suggest smoking (as I have in the past), but those other two options are delicious as well.
I usually smoke a turkey on my Weber Smokey Mountain Roaster, but last year I decided to smoke it on my Weber Kettle. I was very pleased with the results. The Weber Kettle Grill achieves higher temperatures easier than my smoker, thus the skin crisped up quite nicely. Another great thing about barbecuing your turkey is that it frees up your oven for things like pies, casseroles, stuffings and (did I mention) pies.
The second step for a delicious BBQ turkey is the brine. I have brined and bought pre-brined turkeys for a while now with mixed results. The smoked turkey meat is always juicy when you brine your bird, but the skin doesn’t always come out crisp. I read an article last year by Russ Parson on dry brining turkeys and was inspired to try it on my smoked bird. I have to mention that the turkey came out delicious, especially the skin….
It’s hard to believe that we are in June already and with that comes the dreaded obligations of finding the perfect father’s day gift. If you don’t feel like getting your dad a new tie or flannel shirt take a look at this Father’s Day gift guide to make the BBQ Junkie in your life a little happier. These gift ideas are in no particular order and many of them qualify for Amazon Prime if you need your shipping expedited.
If you are serious about improving your skills as a backyard pitmaster or if a barbeque competition is in your future, consider taking a class. Yes, there are classes out there dedicated to teaching you how to make better BBQ.
It’s been about three years since our last BBQ competition, but this weekend Four Q rides again at the Dana Point State BBQ Competition. We are only two now, Professor Salt and myself BBQ Junkie. Of the original four who started our BBQ team in 2005 Neil “Big Mista” has gone on too much success as a BBQ entrepreneur and Sylvie now competes on her own as Lady of Q. Big Mista occasionally enters competitions, but you are more likely to find him at a local farmer’s market and Lady of Q will be at the competition this weekend….
Only a couple hours away from the home of Central Texas Barbecue, Houston isn’t known for its smoked meats. Michael Fulmer and Chris Reid are trying to change that. For the second year, they’ve put on the Houston Barbecue Festival, where 20 local barbecue joints set up their cookers and provide samples to thousands of hungry guests….
We were all sitting poolside enjoying a Sunday afternoon when my daughter asked me for a “drank,” something tropical. She seemed comfortable, so how could I say no? Keeping the kids happy can be a chore at times, but if you do it right they really do appreciate the extra effort. I went inside with the intention of making some version of watermelon lemonade that I could disguise as a tropical drink, but what I came back with is a great way to kick up any backyard BBQ or pool party….