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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!

NWA T-Shirts in Tybee

Take Local Pride with you wherever you go! NWA T-Shirts on Tybee Island

There are so many things that occur in the communities we live in! Here in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) we are hosts to multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 Companies, and a large array of cleverly crafted boutiques and pubs. The cool thing about being in an area like Northwest Arkansas is seeing all of the creativity and entrepreneurship that spawns out of the boutiques despite the fact that they are surrounded by mass merchandisers like Walmart and Sam’s Club.

NWA T-Shirt
PJ wearing her NWA T-shirt at Tybee Island

The Northwest Arkansas T-Shirts (NWA T-Shirt) was created for this very reason! The NWA T-shirt, like so many other local brands in Northwest Arkansas, started because someone wanted to create something special, something that was their own, something that was unique. Like other shirts it is soft to the touch, it has a relaxed fit, and it is available for purchase only at select boutiques. But what makes the NWA T-shirt special is the fact that it was conceived locally, created locally, sold locally, and each person who wears the shirt can show their pride of Northwest Arkansas. To some people Northwest Arkansas is home, to others it is a place they visited while passing through or calling on Walmart or Sam’s Club, and to the rest of the world it is a small, known or unknown, town in the middle of the country land-locked by Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri.

Regardless of where you are from, where you are going, and where you have been I encourage you to shop local, try local flavors, and if you have a chance to stop by Second Elm in Rogers, AR please pick up a NWA T-shirt! Northwest Arkansas is home to many things and many people but above all things it is a place where sparks can become flames of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Explore-Entertain-Evolve and shop local!

ENO Hammocks

Relax, Have Fun and Shop Local in Rogers, AR

Ideas are hard to create, and they are even harder to start. In-fact the only easy thing associated with having an idea is listening to all of the great advice, given but never asked for, from friends, family, customers, and the random passer-by who is always looking to inject their own ingredients into the mix. In truth, all the information can be categorized into buckets such as good, bad, and indifferent and the only person who can tell what bucket the information goes in is the person who had the idea to begin with.

I say this because regardless of the type of information you receive, and the method in which you receive it, all information can be used to build an idea into a reality. Some of the information will be used to shape the idea and give it life whereas the rest of the information can be used to set guardrails on what you do not want your idea toKamado Joe become. It is important to focus on this because in the coming posts you will learn that ideas do not merely begin and end, they evolve. The best ideas start out with a dream for something better and this idea is no different. This idea is Second Elm and it started in Historic Downtown Rogers, Arkansas at the corner of Second and Elm!

We selected Downtown Rogers to be the birthplace of this idea because the area is undergoing a type of renaissance, the perfect fuel for new ideas. Also, there was a lot of fantastic history in Downtown Rogers that made it seem like the ideal spot to start a retail store focused on exploring, entertaining, and evolving the way people enjoy the outdoors…Rogers, Arkansas is the birthplace of Walmart, Daisy’s Famous Red Rider BB Gun, and now Second Elm! We wanted to start in downtown Rogers because it is a growing area with shops, services, restaurants, and schools. It is paved with bricks and frequented by patrons who enjoy a good shop as much as they enjoy a good walk, and the shop owners are as nice as they are inviting.

Second Elm is a new store, a new brand, and we serve the community of Northwest Arkansas with products designed
to help them relax, chill, stay cool and enjoy life. We do not a one-stop shop, but for those who are looking to imrpove their grilling experience we have Kamado Joe, for those looking to enjoy the shade we have Maui Jim Sunglasses, for those looking to enjoy the water and stay cool we have ORU Kayaks and Yeti Coolers, and for those looking to relax we have ENO Hammocks, Life is Good and Fayettechill Apparel! We are happy to be in Downtown Rogers and we are happy to be a store where people can shop local, relax, and have fun!

When you get a chance to relax or just have a bit of spare time to taste what we are cooking on the grill I hope you stop by Second Elm!