Citrus Honey Brined Smoked Turkey Recipe

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Citrus Honey Brined Smoked Turkey
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  1. Mix hot water and kosher salt in a 54-quart cooler, stirring until the salt dissolves. Mix in vegetable broth, honey, and orange juice. Pour in the ice cubes, place the turkey into the brine with breast side up, and close the cooler lid. Place the cooler in a cold place and let the turkey marinate overnight or up to 12 hours. Brine temperature must stay colder than 40 degrees F (4 degrees C).
  2. Remove turkey from brine, discard brine, and dry the turkey thoroughly with paper towels. Mix vegetable oil with poultry seasoning in a bowl, and rub the turkey with the mixture. Place apple, celery, onion, and orange pieces into the cavity of the turkey.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for indirect heat and lightly oil the grate. Build a 'smoke bomb' by placing about 1 cup of hickory or cherry wood chips into the middle of a 12x12-inch doubled piece of aluminum foil. Gather up the edges of the foil to make a pouch and leave the pouch open at the top. Set the smoke bomb directly onto the coals if grilling with charcoal, or onto the flame bar of a gas grill.
  4. Set the turkey onto the grill in position for indirect heat, insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast, not touching a bone, and close the grill. Set the probe thermometer for 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
  5. Grill turkey for 1 hour and check the bird; if skin is already golden brown, cover the breast, legs, and wings with aluminum foil. Replace the smoke bomb with a new one; close cover and continue to grill until probe thermometer registers 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), 2 to 3 more hours. Remove the fruit and vegetable pieces from the cavity, cover turkey with aluminum foil, and let rest for 1 hour before carving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2147.01 Kcal (8989 kJ)
Calories from fat 913.58 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 101.51g 156%
Cholesterol 336.36mg 112%
Sodium 201138.81mg 8381%
Potassium 3602.09mg 77%
Total Carbs 204.46g 68%
Sugars 101.93g 408%
Dietary Fiber 15.3g 61%
Protein 124.73g 249%
Vitamin C 220.7mg 368%
Iron 14.9mg 83%
Calcium 719.5mg 72%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 31.78 Kcal (133 kJ)
Calories from fat 13.52 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g 156%
Cholesterol 4.98mg 112%
Sodium 2977.56mg 8381%
Potassium 53.32mg 77%
Total Carbs 3.03g 68%
Sugars 1.51g 408%
Dietary Fiber 0.23g 61%
Protein 1.85g 249%
Vitamin C 3.3mg 368%
Iron 0.2mg 83%
Calcium 10.7mg 72%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 50.6
  • 58

Good Points

  • low calorie,
  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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