Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be boring. Pilgrims and canned gravy are nice and all, but it’s been 400 hundred years since all that went down.
About a week ago, I received this question from reader Dave Dorey: “Hi. I read your blog on how to smoke a turducken. Can you let me know at what temp. you ran your smoker at? Did you alter your temp at any time as well?”
In about a week, we’ll all be under the gun after Halloween, working on Thanksgiving. Dave’s question inspired me to put together some tips for anyone looking to smoke a turducken this year.
Most of you probably know what it is, but for those who don’t, it’s a chicken, stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey. The chicken usually has Cajun stuffing in it and other types of stuffing are often used as mortar between the building blocks, as well. If you want to build one, you have to de-bone all three birds first, making sure not to cut the skin on the turkey while doing so. Once that’s done, you stuff them together, then use cooking twine to hold it all together as a cohesive unit, coat it with seasoning, and you’re ready to cook. Or you can do what I did.
People smoke turkeys all the time. Adding smoky flavor to a turducken seemed like a stand-out winner to me. It also gave me an excuse to throw something new into the smoker, and well, I think we all know how I feel about that.
The Romans had their traditions and later on, French charcutiers made galantines and terrines to entertain kings and other nobles. About 25 years ago, Chef Paul Prudhomme got credit for shining the public light on the modern take—turducken.