Grilling Thanksgiving Meal

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but if you still don't have your meal planned, here some easy suggestions.

A quick and easy recipe for turkey is to coat it with olive oil, garlic salt, and lime pepper. A 12 pound turkey cooks about four to five hours at 185 degrees, but the best part is you can even grill it.

"Put the charcoal on one side, light that and let that burn. Put a pan under the grate and put the turkey or turkey breasts and let it cook at an appropriate temperatures and it will be just as wonderful if not better," said John Atkins of The BBQ Connection.

To see other easy recipes, follow the instructions below and click on the video clip above.

Smoked Turkey Breast
World championship BBQ Team. The BBQ Connection

Ingredients:

  • 1 turkey breast 4 lbs


  • BBQ Rub
  • 1/2 cup lime pepper

  • 1/2 cup garlic salt


  • Brine
  • 1 quart apple juice

  • 1/3 cup coarse (kosher) salt

  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 medium bay leaf, crumbled

Directions:

  • Multiply the brine recipe as needed to make enough to completely submerge the turkey breast. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved.
  • Put the turkey breast in a large Ziploc bag, fill with brine, squeeze out all the air and seal; or put turkey breast in a large bowl, put a small plate on top to hold it under, and fill bowl with brine. Refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours (no longer, or the meat will be too salty).
  • Remove turkey from brine, rinse, and dry. Rub lightly with olive oil. Apply 1/4 cup of garlic salt and 1/2 cup of lime pepper. Rub liberally.
  • Place in a smoke-cooker, or covered barbecue using the indirect heat method at about 250 degrees, and adding water-soaked smoke apple chips from time to time. Place a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and cook until it reaches 165 to 170 degrees. If skin looks dry at any point, brush with a little more oil.
  • For best flavor and appearance, cool to room temperature, slice, and serve at once.
  • Turkey can also be wrapped tightly and refrigerated; return to room temperature before serving.
  • This comes out a gorgeous mahogany color in a smoker, so it looks great on a buffet table. Brining makes the meat turn out moist and firm-textured.

Corn Bread Dressing
The BBQ Connection
Call them at 434-589-5375.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups crumbled day-old corn bread (from 8-inch pan)

  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter

  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, plus additional for garnish

  • 4 celery stalks, chopped

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon of poultry seasoning

  • 3 eggs, beaten

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 250° F. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet. Bake for 45
    minutes; let cool.

  • In a large bowl, combine the corn bread, and enough broth (at least 2 cups) to
    make a fairly mushy mixture.

  • Season with the salt and pepper.

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

  • Add the parsley, celery, and onion.

  • Cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

  • Add the onion mixture to the bread mixture; let cool.

  • Add the eggs and gently combine.

  • Spread the dressing in an unbuttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake until golden brown and warmed through, about 1 hour. If you want a crispy topping, leave uncovered; otherwise cover with foil halfway through cooking.

  • Sprinkle with additional parsley before serving, if desired.

Yield: Makes 8 servings, plus leftovers

Cranberry Relish Recipe
The BBQ Connection
Call them at 434-589-5375.

This is a great simple cranberry relish for all turkey dishes and turkey
sandwiches, and a tasty alternative to a more traditional cranberry sauce.

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups washed raw cranberries

  • 2 skinned and cored apples

  • 1 l10 oz cn of mandrin oranges drained

  • 1 cups sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite wiskey

Directions:

  • Run fruit through a food processor.

  • Add sugar.

  • Let sit at room temperature until sugar dissolves.

BBQ Pecan Pie
The BBQ Connection
Call them at 434-589-5375.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. clear corn syrup

  • 1 c. white sugar

  • 1 c. pecan halves

  • 1/2 c. melted butter

  • 4 eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon of you favorite rum

  • 1 unbaked 9 inch pie shell

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients.

  • Pour into pie shell and place in a smoker and bake at 250 degrees for about 50 minutes.

  • Cool before cutting.


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