Smoked Turkey On the Big Green Egg

Bonus Brine and Butter Rub Recipe

Smoked Turkey finished in foil

Smoked Turkey finished in foil

This is the most complete and delicious recipe for you to Brine your Bird, Make a Butter Rub and Smoke a Turkey on your Big Green Egg!  This recipe is based on a 10# Turkey to smoke, but you can use any size that your Egg will hold.  

On the Turkey selection a couple things are important.  First make sure to get a fresh bird – not Frozen.  The “Fresh” Turkeys are flash frozen but only have a thin layer of ice, instead of frozen solid like the “Frozen” Turkeys.  It is ideal to get your Turkey a day early and refrigerate it until your brine is prepared.

First cook the Brine and Turkey Butter.  Refrigerate both.

Maple Whiskey Brine Recipe

  1. 1/2 gal apple cider and 750 ml of Whiskey (Jack of Course)
  2. 1 gal water (and add water if you need to in order to submerge the bird in the brine)
  3. ProTip: if you make 3 gallons of brine increase the Water – not the Cider or whiskey.  You’ll the whiskey to drink if you’re smoking a turkey that large to deal with your guests!

Bring the Brine Mixture to a Boil then add the below.

  1. 2 cups kosher salt (ProTip: Salt and Sugars below are in proportion of 1:1 cup/gallon finished brine.  EX. 3 gallons of Brine need 3 cups of Salt and Sugar)
  2. 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup of Dark Brown Sugar (Substitute for the Dark Brown is Dark Molasses in the 16oz. size)
  3. Orange Peel Zest from 3 oranges per 3 pounds of Turkey
  4. Also added some Rosemary and Thyme and a good bit of cracked black peppercorns.

Chill the Brine (Pro Tip: use an ice bath to expedite chilling) to let the spices combine.

To Brine it – Submerge bird in bag for 16 – 24 hours.  Make sure the entire bird is submerged even if you need to put a brick on it to keep it from floating (ziplock bag the brick).  

Turkey Butter Rub

Take herbs (thyme, oregano, garlic powder, cayanne, and salt/pepper) and put them into a few sticks melted butter. (Pro Tip: Pour into small paper cups the fridge to harden.) Thanks to @elysewelch for this!

Once your Turkey is Brined, Rinse very well and pat dry with paper towels.

Then you take that once hardened butter and rub on top and underneath the skin between meat and skin as the grill is heating up.  Unlikely that you will use the entire Butter Rub so save the rest to float in the water pan (below).

The Big Green Egg – this is actually the easy part!   

Set up your BGE normally with Lump charcoal and about a 1/2 dozen Pecan Wood Chunks on top once the fire is lit.

Install the Place Setter, legs up (ProTip: make sure one of the legs is centered between the lid hinge this is the hottest part of the BGE and this will diffuse that extreme heat), on top sits an aluminum lasagna pan full of water and whats left of your Butter Rub, then grill rack on top. (Pro Tip: use hot tap water to help stabalize the EGG temp faster.)  Stabilize at 245.  It’s important to bring temp up slowly – not fast – lest you heat it too hot, then it’s hard to bring back down.

To prepare the Brined, Rubbed Turkey to smoke, fold the wings up under the neck, tie the legs together and place on grill rack breast up with the neck near the hinge, legs near the handle. (Pro Tip: Allow 20 mn/lb for smaller birds, up to 30 mn/lb for larger birds).

DON’T OPEN THE EGG.  This is really the easiest part of the entire process – don’t cave to the temptation, just leave it closed.

Smoke-cook the turkey until Meat Temp in the breast hits 165 degrees. Remove and let rest and bird should continue to cook to 175 degrees. 

Wrap in aluminium floil then towels and place in a cooler and allow to settle for a up to a few hours.  Once you remove it from the foil let it settle for 1/2 hour before you carve it – that seems to let the juices settle and the flavors steep.

Carve, drink wine and give Thanks!

Feel free to leave you comments below.

Yummy Turkey

Yummy Turkey on my Table!

Why Should Brokers #Mocial?

Mocial 101

This is a presentation @ElyseChubb and I gave to the @ColleirsIntl Retail Services Group in Denver at the #AmCon2015. What you will take away are three important points.

  1. First, this is not a fad and your clients and customers are ALL using it.  It is difficult to measure the ROI, however, we firmly believe it is more important to not be absent than it is to be present.  Decisions are made in #Mocial Land.  More about #Mocial Here.    Ever used Yelp, Urban Spoon, Open Table, Amazon, Pinterest, or Instagram to research a purchasing decision?
  2. How to build and protect your Brand.  First step is to Google yourself – what’s there? You Google your prospects and competitors.  Know hey Google you.  Get your digital house in order using the Checklist.  It’s hard to know where people will find you so you need to make sure it’s all clean – especially your Facebook Profile.
  3. Tips to help you engage.  I’m constantly asked how I find the time to post so much.  The reality is all the posts are posts that I’ve read first.  It only takes a fraction of a second to post it and with a couple tools I outlined.

Remember, if it is not Current, Relevant, and Interesting to you, it won’t be to others either.

You can download a copy here, or if you just want the slides they are here and please feel free to share it.  As Always we welcome your feedback and comments to let us know what you do.

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Top 10 steps to prepare for an ICSC Conference

Free How-To ICSC Guide

Here we are, two weeks out from the ICSC show and it’s time to “prepare”.  The bad news is you’re late already. The good news is you can do better next time if you follow these simple steps.

1.) Prepare your calendar a year in advance. Block the time off now. This is especially important if you attend multiple shows each year. One year I scheduled a spring break trip out of the country and the worst part was I had committed to moderate a panel. Many thanks to @Vinzani, @ElyseChubb, @JAugustan, @BooneCRE, and @ColliersIntlSC for saving me.

2,) Decide why you should go. Should you meet with landlords or should you meet with tenants or a combination of both. If you don’t have a good reason to go such as a project or site, then don’t go because its a waste of everyone’s time.

3.) Create a list of people you want to meet and why. Don’t expect to walk away with an approved deal or a signed lease. Set realistic expectations.

Top 10 steps to being a GREAT Tenant

Tenant with Checklist

In order to be a great Tenant keep these 10 things in mind.  We all know human nature is this:  As soon as you decide to open the store or purchase the franchise the first thing to do – and the only thing you really can do – is drive around and call all the numbers on all the signs in all the windows. WHOA there.  Cool your jets turbo.  You need a strategy, a plan of action.  Ready, Shoot, Aim, gets really expensive and just won’t work in the long term.  If you look at the great tenants out there like WalMart, Korger, AutoZone, they all have teams of professionals and experts.  Sure, most of their people are employees, but you can get the same expertise without a real estate department.  You will need a team and this list will get you headed in the right direction.

Top 10 steps to being a GREAT Tenant Rep broker.

In this weeks installment of the Tenant Tips will discuss how to be a great Tenant broker.

Top 10 Steps

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This is my Top 10 list to discuss how to be a great Tenant representative broker. On a macro level the Tenant Rep always looks out for the best interests of the Tenant. Remember the Tenant comes first, not your listings, not just the easy sites, and never the fee. Ask yourself “what would I want done if I was the Tenant”? Every tenant has a specific set of criteria for a location. While the criteria may vary from tenant to tenant the process of being a great Tenant Broker does not.

Top 10 steps to being a great Tenant Rep broker.

#MOCIAL 2014 Why would a Broker go?

MOCIAL 2014

The excuses are so easy. I don’t have time for this social media crap because I’m a deal maker! MOCIAL is for those marketing types whose full time job is to run a twitter account or Facebook page. I’m just not nerdy enough to go. I’ve never needed it before.

If I’m completely honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I registered for the conference other than a little work and a few days vacation in Austin, Texas. My good friend @Vinzani had been and said it was eye opening and I trust him. Austin is the live music capital of the world and y’all know how I feel about that!

How and How Much Commercial Real Estate Brokers get PAID

In this week’s Landlord Tips and Tenant Tips we will discuss HOW and HOW MUCH Commercial Real Estate Brokers get paid. Money matters

Thank you all for the great comments last week on Steps to Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Broker; THE Checklist Once you’ve decided to hire a broker (Click here for THE Checklist), and selected one you can hold accountable it’s time to understand how we get paid and when it’s due.

Before we dig into the WHEN, and HOW MUCH know that this is my full time job. I am a professional.  Think of me as a paid consultant like other professionals. Your Doctor, Lawyer, CPA or other service provider. This is how I feed my family. This is my Career. I am paid 100% on commission earnings. I pay my own expenses. There is no bi-weekly paycheck, expense account or company car. I sell my knowledge, expertise and my time to meet your real estate goals.

Steps to Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Broker; THE Checklist

This week’s installment of the Landlord and Tenant Tips we will cover the steps to cover when Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Broker.CRE Broker Candidates to Interview

First you RECOGNIZE you need a professional. It may hit you like a ton of bricks or it may have taken you years with no results to arrive at this decision. You may be a Landlord who needs to lease vacant space or sell a property, or a Tenant interested in a new location or a renewal of a current one. The good news is you’ve completed the hardest part!

Doesn’t matter how you got here, it only matters that you have (or almost have). Check that off your list and move to the easy part. Second step is