Last year was the first time I ever cooked a turkey on the smoker for Thanksgiving. In fact, last Thanksgiving was the first time I ever cooked a turkey, period! Some people like flying by the seat of their pants, but it really would have sucked had the turkey been ruined. Fast forward to the Thanksgiving season of 2013… and with a turkey in the freezer (in the 10-14 lb range, closer to 14), there was no excuse for not doing a test cook beforehand!
My wife and I decided to stay home for Thanksgiving this year. We did this a couple of years ago and really enjoyed ourselves. My original idea was to do a fried turkey this year, but instead we decided to do one on the smoker. Earlier that week, I received a Thanksgiving care package from Heather at Stubb’s BBQ that contained two bottles of injectable marinade and a bottle of chicken rub. It was serendipity! The stars were aligning – smoked turkey was my destiny for this year!