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The Ultimate Easy Recipe for Smoked Turkey with Cranberry BBQ Sauce

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Smoked Turkey on the Grill with Cranberry BBQ Sauce

Let’s face it, some of you are Pros at making the family Turkey for the Holidays, while others will be doing it for the first time. Still others would prefer to forget the last time they attempted to make a Turkey. Don’t despair- this easy recipe delivers a delicious bird that everyone will still be talking about as you ring in the New Year. Whether you decide to Smoke or Bake your Turkey this year, the Fresh Cranberry BBQ Sauce is also something to try.

Smoking a raw Turkey is a low and slow process that can take 8-10 Hours (or more). You need to monitor and maintain the heat and smoke throughout. Thawed frozen Turkeys take longer to cook than fresh pre-ordered ones. Carefully check the final temperature after cooking it.

The great advantage to this recipe is using a pre-cooked Turkey (usually frozen, thaw in the fridge for a week).  Instead of the oven, why not heat your Turkey on the Grill? Wood Chips or Chunks add amazing fresh Smoked flavor that you can’t buy at any store.

We use POWER Rub as the only seasoning. May sound simple, but POWER consists of 15 carefully measured Herbs and Spices, including Smoked Paprika, Garlic, Ginger, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Cumin and Thyme. It is easier to reach for one fresh pre-mixed product than work your way around the Spice Rack, one bottle at a time. And you know some of those dry herbs and spices in your cabinet are years’ old.

Feel free to add any additional flavors you choose, like Sage or fresh Cracked Pepper. We solely stuffed the Turkey with Parsley for fresh herbal flavor. You can add Garlic, Fruit or even Stuffing because the Turkey is already cooked.

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Smoked Turkey with Cranberry BBQ Sauce plated with Sliced Oranges and Parsley.

INGREDIENTS

1 Defrosted, pre-cooked Turkey

Bunch Fresh Parsley

POWER Rub (Approx. 3 Tbsp. for Turkey and 2 Tbsp. for BBQ Sauce)

BBQ Sauce

2 Cups of Orange or Cranberry Juice

1 10oz. Bag Fresh Cranberries

2 Tbsp. POWER

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Molassses

1. Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

For Grill:

Hickory, Pecan or Mesquite Wood Chips/Chunks

[Chips work better for Gas or Electric Grill, Chunks last longer with Charcoal]

Cooking Directions (step-by-step photos to follow):

1. The night before, rinse and dry thawed Turkey. Place on double ply foil. Sprinkle bunch of Parsley with POWER and rub inside of Turkey before stuffing. Generously season Turkey with Rub on all sides, being sure to get it under legs and wings. Wrap tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight.

2. Next day, take out Turkey to warm down while preparing Grill. Use indirect Grilling Method. On Gas/Electric Grill put dry Wood Chips in pan (or foil pouch) directly over high heat to get smoke. Wood and  Charcoal Grills should use Wood Chips/Chunks that have soaked in water for at least 20 minutes. Turkey should be placed on opposite end of Grill.

3. Smoke Turkey on closed Grill for 3 to 3 1/2 Hours, replacing Wood Chips or Chunks as needed. Depending on heat, cook longer to make it more tender. We started cooking ours wrapped in foil for first hour, to start heating it through. Then, we opened foil for next hours before adding BBQ Sauce.

4. For last 30-40 minutes, baste Turkey with Cranberry BBQ Sauce. It will absorb smokey flavor. Finish with one final coat of BBQ Sauce before serving.

Cranberry BBQ Sauce:

1. In large pot, heat 2 cups of Orange or Cranberry Juice (or mixture). Add 1 bag of Fresh Cranberries, Brown Sugar, Vinegar and POWER Rub. Stir until dissolved. Warm covered on medium heat. Keep a close eye- if it boils, liquid will quickly rise to the top. Stir regularly.

2. After about 10 minutes, Cranberries with start to break down and sauce will thicken. Add Molasses, then heat for another 5 minutes. At this point you can taste sauce for flavoring. Add more Brown Sugar, Molasses or POWER to taste.

3. Simmer on low for 20 more minutes, stirring regularly. Set aside until you are ready to baste Turkey on Grill. Serve unused sauce in side dish at dinner.

On the platter, we garnished our Turkey with Parsley and sliced Oranges, adding a squeeze of fresh juice on top. At local Demos, people couldn’t stop commenting on how great this tasted. Also, while Grill is working, you can also smoke some Cashews, Almonds or Pistachios for your guests (of course seasoned with POWER). Aside from Thanksgiving, this recipe is great at Xmas (add Nutmeg and garnish with Mint). Enjoy and Happy Holidays.

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TURKEY

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1. Sprinkle inside of bird and stuff with Seasoned Parsley.

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2. Generously season entire Turkey with POWER Rub. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.

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3. Smoke Turkey on indirect heat for 3 to 3 1/3 Hours, until warmed through. Baste in BBQ Sauce for final 30-40 Minutes.

CRANBERRY BBQ SAUCE

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1. In large pot, heat 2 Cups Orange or Cranberry Juice with 1 bag fresh Cranberries.

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2. Add Brown Sugar, Power and Apple Cider Vinegar.

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3. Cook until Cranberries start to break down and thicken Sauce.

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4. Add desired amount of Molasses to finish.

LINKS

California Gold BBQ Rubs- http://www.californiagoldrub.com/index.html

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

Tastee BQ Grilling Co.- http://www.tasteebq.com

POWER Rub on Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/California-Gold-BBQ-Power–10oz/dp/B00CVCMR88

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Fall Recipes- Cheesy Tuna Macaroni Casserole with Eggs

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Cheesy Tuna Casserole with Egg, Grilled Red Onions, Mushroom and Chives.

Too chilly for cold Tuna Salad Sandwiches? Take comfort to the next level with this warm Cheesy Tuna Casserole. It is easy to make, quick to bake and deliciously satisfying. Make a nice big Casserole- the good news is that it tastes even better the next day.

INGREDIENTS (4-6 Servings)

2 Cans Albacore Tuna

4 Cups Cooked Macaroni (2 cups uncooked)

4 Boiled Eggs

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream

1 Can Sliced Mushrooms

1 Large Red Onion

1 Cup Chopped Chives

1-1/2  Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (may substitute slices)

1-1/2 Cups Shredded Swiss Cheese (may substitute slices)

3 Tbsp. POWER by California Gold BBQ Rubs

1/2 Cup Crushed Potato Chip (we used Onion Flavored)

Butter for Casserole (May also add to Drained Macaroni)

Optional- Bunch of Fresh Thyme, Grated Parmesan

Salt and Pepper to taste.

 

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

While boiling Macaroni to al dente, boil Eggs and Pre-heat Oven to 420. Cut Red Onions into 1 inch slices, season with #BBQRub and grill for 5 minutes per side, once cooled dice Onions (may alternately pan sear Onions before next step).  Heat Whipped Cream in large pot (big enough to add Macaroni). Add 1 Tbsp. BBQ Rub, Sliced Mushrooms, and Chopped Grilled Red Onions. We also added a tied bundle of fresh Thyme and removed before adding Cheeses.

Slowly stir in half each of the Cheddar and Swiss Cheeses until sauce is smooth and creamy. Gently fold in Cooked Drained Macaroni, stir until evenly coated. Place drained Tuna on top, season with BBQ Rub add half of Chopped Chives. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Butter Casserole Pan, add Macaroni Mixture layering evenly with Cheddar and Swiss Cheeses, placing final layer of Cheese on top. Sprinkle with crushed Potato Chips and a little more Chives.

Bake Casserole at 420 for about 20 minutes, until crumbled Potatoes start to brown. Slice Boiled Eggs into 1/2 inch Medallions. Once done, let Casserole rest for 10 Minutes. Garnish on top with Eggs, Chives and final sprinkling of BBQ Rub (Grated Parmesan optional). Enjoy.

PHOTO RECIPE in 5 Steps:

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Grill Onions to get nice char, but not too soft.

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2. Make Sauce mixing in Whipping Cream, Mushrooms, Chopped Grilled Red Onion, Cheeses and 1 Tbsp. POWER Rub.

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Add Cooked Macaroni, coat evenly with sauce. Add 2 Cans Tuna, Season with POWER Rub. Genly break it into mixture in Chunks (don’t break up too much).

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Mix Macaroni and Cheeses in buttered Casserole, layer top with Cheeses, Crushed Potato Chips and Chives. Bake for 20 minutes until browned.

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Plate Casserole garnished with Egg Medallions, Chives and POWER Rub. Optional sprinkle of Parmesan if available.

LINKS

California Gold BBQ Rubs (website)- www.californiagoldrub.com

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaGoldBBQRubs

Twitter- https://twitter.com/CAGoldBBQRubs

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