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Smoke'em If You've Got'em! Baking'em Is Pretty Good Too!!!

  • Nov 3, 2011

With Halloween in our rearview mirror and Christmas dreams on the horizon, it seems to me that fewer and fewer people take the time to stop and actually celebrate Thanksgiving.  I wrote a review on that topic last year and you're welcome to look at it if you'd like, but for this particular review, I'm focusing on the mother of all birds.  I'm giving up some love for the almighty turkey, that roasted vision of mouth watering manna that takes center stage on many tables at Thanksgiving.

On the surface, turkeys aren't much to look at.  They don't possess the coolness of falcons, nor do they have any majestic flair like bald eagles.  Heck, as goofy as peacocks look and sound, they've still got those beautiful tails going for them. 

What do turkeys have?  Well, the males are a bit more fashionable-looking than the females, what with their beards and fancy feathers.  But other than that, the only things that turkeys have going for them are caruncles and snoods.  I know what you're thinking.  What the heck is a caruncle and a snood?  The caruncle is that fleshy growth found on a turkey's neck, and the snood is that droopy thing that hangs from its beak.  Really sexy, ain't it?

Okay, okay.  I'm not trying to be shallow here.  I'm well aware that beauty is only skin deep.  It's what's on the inside that counts, right?  Luckily enough for you, me, and every other poultry lovin' human on this planet, what's on the inside is exactly what makes turkeys so great.  They are some of the most delicious creatures you'll ever run into!

As a consumable, turkeys are perfect.  They are big, so they can either A) feed a lot of people or B) feed two or three guys in my weight range.  They also have a large cavity, which means you'll be able to add plenty of stuffing to the menu when you cook one up.  Also, you can marinade them with just about anything and they'll taste great.

On top of all of this, you get to use a turkey baster!  Of all of the kitchen gizmos in the world, few of them can match the brilliance of a gigantic turkey baster.  You merely suck up the juices and droppings that come off of your turkey while it's baking and spray them right back over the top of the bird!

And just when you think turkeys can't be any more awesome, I offer up to you the Cajun Injector!  If you're not familiar with Cajun Injector, it's basically a massive needle that looks eerily similar to the ones used by nurses and doctors to inject or draw numerous fluids from your body.  Cajun Injectors always come with marinade (I highly recommend their Creole Butter) and all you have to do is shoot up your bird with the marinade of your choice (I like to do this over night) and then put it in the oven and let it cook for the suggested time based on the bird's weight.

But, Kendall, can a turkey be even more awesome you ask?  Heck yeah, it can!  How?  By smoking a turkey instead of baking it.  There are a number of smokers on the market that you can purchase for yourself.  While I have only baked turkeys, my father has smoked many turkeys over the years.  It's a process that takes quite a bit longer than traditional baking methods, but it is well worth the effort.  I remember my dad getting up at three in the morning on Thanksgiving just to get the turkey started.  It wouldn't come off of the smoker until at least noon.  The meat falls right off of the bone and the smoked flavor rules!

A few people prefer to fry turkeys.  It's a much faster way to cook the bird than baking or smoking but, in my opinion, it comes out so greasy that the natural flavor of the turkey gets lost in the ooze.

So, while turkeys might not be the prettiest winged creatures out there, they are definitely one of the tastiest.  If you plan on celebrating Thanksgiving this year, be sure to partake in some turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Smoke'em If You've Got'em! Baking'em Is Pretty Good Too!!! Smoke'em If You've Got'em! Baking'em Is Pretty Good Too!!! Smoke'em If You've Got'em! Baking'em Is Pretty Good Too!!! Smoke'em If You've Got'em! Baking'em Is Pretty Good Too!!!

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December 05, 2011
Turkey is good to consume around the holiday season.
November 22, 2011
cajun injector....sweet! I am hungry.
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Kendall Fontenot ()
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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A turkey is a large bird in the genus Meleagris. One species, Meleagris gallopavo, commonly known as the Wild Turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The domestic turkey is a descendant of this species. The other living species is Meleagris ocellata or the Ocellated Turkey, native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Turkeys are classed in the taxonomic order of Galliformes. Within this order they are relatives of the grouse family or subfamily. Males of both species have a distinctive fleshy wattle or protuberance that hangs from the top of the beak—called a snood in the Wild Turkey and its domestic descendants. They are among the largest birds in their ranges. As in many galliform species, the male (tom or gobbler) is larger and much more colorful than the female (hen).
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