Pepé Wants to know if it’s Legal to Smoke Turkey?
Um, well Pepé, it’s not that kind of smoking, so yes, it’s totally legal. We will not be interrupted by the police today. Now, the fire department… Uh… Well, hopefully not. We are just gonna give it some additional flavor by letting the smoke from the wood chips penetrate the turkey. I prefer to use sweeter and/or milder wood chips since turkey has a delicate flavor on it’s own, but feel free to experiment with any flavor you choose. The bags will usually guide you to what type of foods go with those particular wood chips. I used cherry this time.
Do I recommend rinsing your turkey?
No, I do not. Do you rinse all other meats? No. You don’t. I don’t recommend it because your sure to splash some of that raw poultry water all over the place and you really don’t want raw turkey juice anywhere. The turkey is fine, it’s not dirty and now you have one less thing to do. Besides, who wants to wrestle a 17-20 pound wet and slippery raw turkey?
What to expect?
Aside from a super delicious juicy smoked turkey, you will have more oven space to cook all those sides and desserts. You’ll have many happy guests devouring all that smoky goodness (unless you made this just for yourself, and who could blame you if you did). But, you might not have as much leftover turkey as you would want to make turkey salad or turkey pot pie or turkey soup OK that last one is really chicken pozole soup, but you can obviously sub chicken anywhere there’s a turkey (except on a chicken farm of course – I’m pretty sure a turkey would stand out amongst all those chickens)
Make your own bone broth
You can follow my link here for slow cooker chicken stock (bone broth), or you might want to just boil it in a larger pot on the stove since a turkey carcass is much bigger than that of a chicken.