Holiday Smokes

Discussion in 'Pork' started by misterdk, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. misterdk

    misterdk Fire Starter

    First let me tell you that the little old man dressed in red didn't bring me the new digital camera that I wanted for Christmas so there are no pics for the posts. 

    So between Christmas Eve and New Years Day we had a twice smoked ham, a turkey, and a whole bunch of ribs. In preparation for Christmas, we made several dishes. One of which was a fruit salad made from canned fruit cocktail, oranges, bananas, maraschino cherries, and miniature marshmallows. We saved the syrup from the fruit cocktail and the cherries for later use. '

    The ham was the Christmas eve dinner. it was poked full of whole cloves and smoked for about 5 hours at about 230 and basted every 30-45 minutes with the syrup from the fruit salad. It is hard to put into words just how good it tasted. The syrup left a nice glaze on the ham and the clove and smoke flavor was fantastic.

    On to Christmas day. we did a 15 pound un-stuffed turkey in the smoker. Lucky for us we were smoking it in the gas Masterbuilt rather than roasting it in the oven because we lost power for about 2 hours during the cooking. The turkey was soaked in a brine for almost 24 hours prior to smoking and was smoked with some mesquite chips.  It turned out tender and juicy. This was the first whole turkey we had tried in the smoker since we got it.  Again, it is so hard to describe just how great it tasted. When  it was all said and done, there was enough turkey left for about three of four sandwiches left. The rest was history.

    Finally, on New Years day, we did six slabs of pork ribs. I did a rub of garlic powder, paprika, powdered honey, brown sugar, and just a little Italian seasoning. I had to cut the slabs in half to fit in the masterbuilt gas smoker. I was able to get three of the halves on each of the four racks by slightly overlapping the slabs. I rotated the racks about every 45 minutes for the first three hours. After three hours I pulled the ribs and wrapped them in foil after sprinkling them liberally with some vinegar. They cooked for another two hours in the foil. After that, I removed them and placed them back on the racks and slathered them up good with some Kansas City style BBQ sauce. The bones would slide out of the meat and it was so tender that the mother-in-law could chew the meat without her teeth in. Out of the six slabs, there was less about 1/2 of one slab left. The wife finished that today when now one was looking.
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome and thank you for joining our little worldwide group!  Your smokes sound great, but, you know what they say....


    Of course, with a smile!

    So, grab your phone and snap away until you can invest in a low-cost digital camera... you know you really want to make us suffer and drool all over our keyboards!
  3. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Well it all sounds good...My Mom makes a similar fruit salad but mixes in Sour Cream, to make a dressing, bind it together and cut the sweetness a bit...JJ
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything SOUNDS delicious! 
  7. johnnie walker

    johnnie walker Smoking Fanatic

    It sounds like everyone was eating good at your house over the holidays. Everything sounds yummy.[​IMG]
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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