Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 26 @ 6:53pm
Today was rough. After 2 weeks of nonstop in-bed-ing, today i got up at 6:30am to start some coals, remove the turkey from the brine, dry it and apply the dry rub and throw it in the smoker for an 8 hour smoke. i checked it every half hour or so to make sure the temperature was where it needed to be and that enough smoke was happening.

while the turkey was smoking megan and my sister (who is in town from new york) and i made brunch (mini quiches, sausage balls and a fruit & cheese platter). my parents came over just before noon for brunch and to hang out while the three of us continued to prepare the main feast.

in addition to the smoked turkey (which was by far the best turkey i have ever had), the three of us made the following:
1) my homemade green bean casserole with a white wine, mushroom & sharp cheddar cream sauce (screw you campbell's, mine's WAY better)
2) potato, cheese and mushroom pie
3) sweet potato casserole with cranberries, megan's mom's homemade apple sauce and a crunchy pecan brown sugar topping
4) cornbread and sage stuffing (it had 2 sticks of butter in it! paula deen would be so proud!)
5) cranberry, orange & maple bourbon glaze for the smoked turkey
6) for dessert, megan made a rum pumpkin pie and my sister made her famous brownies.

all around an awesome day and the best thanksgiving meal i've ever had. but, as a result of all the activity and being on my feet literally all day, i am severely worn out. my feet, knees and back are sore and my lungs hurt really badly.

what i am most thankful for: my amazing wife there behind me to my right. i would be lost without her. thank you, megan. i love you very much.


Philly says:
sounds really good, hang in there.

Happy Thanksgiving
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 6:57pm -
Dj says:
mmm smoked turkey ftw. good wives ftw. you have some good things to be thankful for.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:05pm -
blackbeard says:
you light up my life.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:05pm -
Ryan Larson says:
jeez. best spread i have ever heard of. well done sir.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:09pm -
mattmarch says:
that was beautiful, man. sounds like the best Thanksgiving meal I've never had.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:10pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Extremely jealous of the food. Not so much of the illness. Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:14pm -
benfrank says:
CLAME for turkey on the smoker 6 hours into smoking.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:23pm -
Jarrett says:
Can I come over next thanksgiving? That meal sounds amazing.

Happy Thanksgiving and hope you feel better!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:25pm -
Finn MacCool says:
Sounds delicious. Looks like you should get some sleep.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:42pm -
Corey says:
Good to hear you had an excellent day, despite the pain you've got now. As for smoking - after having MUCH of the smoked ham that Lana's brother prepared, we're sold. The smoker I buy this weekend will be the third outdoor cooking device on our deck.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:42pm -
chadmcclarnon says:
your Thanksgiving sounds AMAZING sir...get to feeling better already!
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 7:49pm -
benfrank says:
@Corey yeah, i LOVE smoking. it's time consuming and nuanced but produces AMAZING results. let me know if you need any tips.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 8:03pm -
bobafred says:
sounds great. get well, ben.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 8:23pm -
jsum says:
glad the smoking worked out well. My brother in law smoked a turkey last year and it was really delicious. got a bird from my CSA and I'm thinking about smoking him sometime. Your entire meal sounded incredible. Solid work.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 8:56pm -
ThatGuy says:
Dude. I've said it before and I'll say it again. The fact that you have posted quality shots everyday while dealing with your current illness makes the shame of being shamed that much thicker. You Sir, are the trooper of all Troopers. Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 9:20pm -
mynameisjason says:
happy thanksgiving, man! i hate that you're still sick, but i'm glad you're here and that you had an awesome t-day in spite of the illness.
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 10:08pm -
MrMaggie says:
you eat well my friend
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:05pm -
MrMaggie says:
my wife wants to add that she's jealous of your food blog
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:05pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Posted: Nov 26th, 2009 - 11:50pm -
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