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Turkey

Smoking a Turkey is easy, try it during this season of Thanksgiving


Smoking a Turkey is fun, easy, and the results taste awesome!

Turkey is pretty lean meat so to prevent it from drying out, and to ensure it has awesome flavor, I use a brining solution. Brining is a solution of water and salt, and the process of brining is where you soak a turkey, or any kind of meat, in a brining solution to develop flavor and ensure moisture in the meat you are cooking. The brining process, which i recommend doing for at least 24 hours, will ensure your meat is seasoned and moist from the inside out.

The tricky part about brining a turkey is finding enough space in your refrigerator to place the turkey and brining solution. Since refrigerator space around the holidays comes at a premium, even if you have an auxillary refrigerator in your garage, the solution I have found is to leverage a 5 gallon drink cooler, the ones used to hold Gatorade or Water, to conduct your brining process. The insulation of the cooler will ensure the integrity of your solution and meat are in-tact and that the meat doesn’t fall into the “temperature danger zone”. Your relatives, spouse, and/or significant other will thank you for bringing awesome food without cluttering up the refrigerator!

If this is the first time you are smoking a turkey and you are worried about drying out your meat, you can think of the brining process as your own personal insurance policy to ensure your meat tastes good, seasoned well, and moist through and through!

Second Elm Brining Solution:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Sugar
  • Lemons
  • Water

After soaking in the brining solution for 24 hours the turkey is nearly ready to begin cooking. Pull the turkey out of the brining solution, rinse it off and place it onto a rack or stand to prep it for the grill.

Pre-heat the grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit, and place some wood chunks around the perimeter of the charcoal bed to add smoke to the turkey while it is cooking. I cook all of my meat on the Kamado Joe Classic II because it maintains heat, it is easy to clean and having the right tool makes any job easier! Just make sure when you are using heat deflector plates when smoking a turkey. The deflector plates will ensure your meat is cooked perfectly while indirectly applying the heat to the meat.

The turkey should be ready to go on the grill, if you want to brush it with some olive oil for additional flavor please feel free, but I would not recommend stuffing your turkey. Once the turkey is on the grill you will want to stick an oven safe meat thermometer into the turkey so you can monitor the internal temperature of the meat, I personally use a radio frequency thermometer that allows me to monitor the temperature of the meat without even opening the grill! You are going to need to smoke the turkey on the grill at a constant temperature of 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-12 hours, so turn on the football game, grab a drink and prepare yourself for the best tasting turkey you have ever had!

When you pull the turkey off the grill make sure it has an internal temperature of 185 degrees Fahrenheit, and start cutting it for your family and friends you will quickly receive the self-proclaimed title of Grill Master! You don’t need to tell anyone that it was one of the easiest things you have ever cooked, it’s our secret!

If you are looking for more great recipes to cook on the grill, take a look at this one for Chili!

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Shop Local and Get the Best Christmas Gifts of the Season in Downtown Rogers

For as long as I can remember I have been able to recall the traffic, mobs of people, coupons and newspaper ads symbolizing the beginning of the holiday shopping season. These elements still exist in some circles but the environment is changing, in some cases faster than retailers can adapt. I guess the real question to ask yourself this holiday season is “What are you looking for this year, a great shopping experience or the hustle and bustle synonymous with the retail experience that can be found at your local Walmart?”

Don’t get me wrong, Walmart is a huge company and it has the potential to be a great company, but consumers are looking for convenience, personality, service, and price. As much as the 21st Century consumer is accustomed to doing things on their own they are also interested in a satisfying shopping experience at an affordable price. There are tremendous innovations that are occurring to deliver product to the home, systematically stock inventory using robots, and if you have been into your local Walmart recently you may have noticed the number of registers dedicated to self-checkout and scan-and-go have increased where the number of manned registers has significantly decreased. Consider this when you are shopping this holiday season, then consider the service, personality, and quality of the products that can be purchased at the boutiques in historic downtown Rogers, or downtown Bentonville.

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Local Shops offer an experience that cannot be matched by Walmart, Amazon, and most other national chains. Shops like The Dotted Pig, The Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Second Elm, and The Urban Tub are among the best boutiques in downtown Rogers that offer fantastic shopping experience, and great products, plus they are within walking distance of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas such as Parkside Public “A Burger Company”, The Rail “A Pizza Company”, Levi’s Gastrolounge, Brick Street Brews, and the Ozark Beer Company.

 

There are so many great options it is difficult to name them all! Go into one of these stores or one of these restaurants and I guarantee you will find the high-quality products you are looking for, at a price you can afford and your transaction will be processed by a real person!

At Second Elm we have the latest products and fashion from Yeti Coolers, Fayettechill Apparel, Kavu, ENO, Maui Jim and for the backyard chefs we have Kamado Joe grills and accessories. During the holiday season we will be grilling and smoking some meat and sporting the best outdoor apparel. We have the perfect gift items with the Fayettechill Jackson Vest, and the new Yeti “Brick Red” Ramblers and the Yeti Load-out Bucket! It is all in your backyard in Downtown Rogers!

Today there are so many options to choose from when deciding how and where to spend your time and money shopping for the people who are important in your life. Consider shopping local and look forward to a great experience for this holiday season!

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Five Star Meal for $15 – Pork Tenderloin on the Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill

One of the great things about summer is that the weather affords us more warm daylight hours to enjoy family, food and the ones we love. For me this means spending more time behind the grill and trying my hand at some of the ideas i see on the food network. That being said, there are a lot of things I see on food network that are incredibly difficult, but the experts make them look incredibly easy. That is one of the reasons I write about the things I cook and build, they are simple to make!

WARNING– If you do not like to cook things that are easy to complete and taste awesome then read no further. The recipe below will excite your taste buds and make you feel like you can challenge Bobby Flay! In all seriousness the recipe below is one that I wanted to talk about because it is one of the most economic meals to pull together, it is very flavorful, and you will be able to feed an army or entertain a large group of people with it on a budget. Even if you do not have a grill, this recipe can be executed in your oven using a baking dish, but i must tell you it does taste better on the grill!

Prepare your taste buds…

 

FIVE STAR MEAL for $15 – PORK TENDERLOIN on KAMADO JOE

Ingredients:

  • Pork Tenderloin – 2 lbs (You can get a pack of 2 at Sam’s Club for about $11)
  • Olive Oil – enough to coat the pork tenderloin
  • Sea Salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – 2 teaspoons
  • Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning – probably 3/4 of an 8oz container
  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to use good quality charcoal when grilling or smoking meat because it will allow you to control your heat and it will add flavor to whatever you are cooking. I recommend using the XL Big Block Lump Charcoal made by Kamado Joe because it is the best!
  2. Lay the pork tenderloin onto a backing sheet to prepare it for the seasoning. I recommend placing a layer of parchment paper onto the baking sheet prior to placing the pork tenderloin because it will make the cleanup process extremely fast.Seasoned Pork Tenderloin
  3. Once the pork tenderloin has been laid on the baking sheet lather the meat with the Olive Oil. This will allow the seasoning to adhere to the meat and let’s face, it olive oil tastes awesome.
  4. Sprinkle the Salt and Pepper onto both side of the meat. You can use any kind of salt and pepper you desire, I prefer Sea Salt and Black Pepper.
  5. Finally, generously apply the Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning to both sides of the meat to create a crust that will enhance the flavor of the meat and WOW your audience! If you prefer to let the seasoning marinate into the meat it will only enhance the flavors. I don’t typically marinate my pork tenderloin because it is usually something i picked up that same day before heading home.
  6. Once the pork tenderloin is completely seasoned it is ready for the grill. Once your grill is at 400 degrees Fahrenheit simply place the meat onto the grill.
  7. Once the meat has been on the grill for 10 minutes, flip it onto the other side and cook it for another 10 minutes. Total cook time for the pork tenderloin will be 20 minutes. You do not need to use an indirect heating plate or plate setter to cook pork tenderloin.
  8. Before taking the pork tenderloin off the grill make sure, using a meat thermometer, that the internal temperature of the meat is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will signify that the meat is cooked.
  9. Finally, take the meat off the grill and let it rest for approximately 10 minutes. The meat will continue to cook even after you pull it off the grill and it is important to let it rest so that it fully cooks and to ensure all of the flavor stays locked into the meat.

If you love cooking on the grill as much as I do, I think you will love this recipe. It is easy to execute and your taste buds will thank you! The other cool thing about pork tenderloin is that it is incredibly in-expensive and it is very tender. The thing i did not mention in the recipe above is what to do about side dishes. The 2-pack of pork tenderloins cost $11 but the side dishes i selected, in this case green beans, cost another $4 dollars. Dollar for dollar and pound for pound there are few things you can cook that taste as good and stretch as far as a pork tenderloin.