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!

Demand Exceeds Supply, Drives Development of New Retail Space

2014 Colliers Charleston SC Retail Report

Demand Exceeds Supply, Drives Development of New Retail Space

COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL | SOUTH CAROLINA
Q4-2014 CHARLESTON RETAIL MARKET REPORT

KEY TAKEAWAYS
· Downward trending vacancy rate. Rental rates steadily increasing.
· New construction and redevelopments are strong throughout the market.
· Grocery wars continue.
· Grocery stores and outdoors sporting goods stores anchor new suburban developments.
· Tourism drives downtown growth. Suburban growth is driven by job creation and population growth.
· 2015 likely to bring new retailers and continued success.

CURRENT CONDITIONS
2014 was a significant year for the Charleston, SC retail market, full of new construction, redevelopments and new tenants opening or announcing plans to enter the market. Vacancy rates declined and rental rates climbed, especially along downtown’s King Street, throughout the year. The fourth quarter ended with an overall vacancy rate of 5.02% for the market, down from the third quarter vacancy rate of 5.44% and year-end 2013 vacancy rate of 6.91%.

Shop space asking rental rates averaged $19.51 NNN at year-end 2014, up 3.5% from the third quarter, largely due to spikes in rental rates along King Street. Tenants along King Street are seeing rates vary from $30 to $70 NNN, with the lowest rates along Upper King Street and highest rates along Middle King Street. Asking rental rates for suburban shop space averaged $16.70 NNN, holding steady over the third quarter average, but increasing from $16.34 NNN a year ago.

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

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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!

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter – August 2014

Coastal Tides Retail Newsletter – August 2014

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NewImage.png Charleston Once Again Named Top City in U.S.

The Holy City has done it again! For the second consecutive year, Charleston has been chosen as the “Top City in the United States and Canada” by Travel + Leisure’s readers. Just as impressive, the city was also picked as the second best in the world. Read More TINA stephens

TINA Stephens opens at 278 King Street

TINA Stephens™ announced the opening of its newest retail location

2014 Mid-Year Charleston Retail Market Report

National Tenants Compete for Limited Retail Space!

Q2-2014 CHS RETAIL Report TN

Key Takeaways:

  • Market vacancy rate is down to 6.32%. Downtown vacancy rate is just 3.56%. Rental rates averaged $17.72 per square foot for shop space with some tenants seeing rates as high as $77 per square foot in the Downtown submarket.
  • The retail market is becoming a landlord’s market as available retail space runs scarce.
  • The trend of recycling retail space continues. New development activity is picking up.
  • New restaurants make Charleston debut.
  • Job creation is driving the suburban retail market attracting grocers, restaurants and sporting goods stores.

DOWNLOAD LINK – Q2-2014 CHS Retail Market Report

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