High Heat Turkey

I tried chef Marc Vogel’s recipe for high heat turkey last Thanksgiving & Christmas they both turned out great.  I know this blog is for grilling & BBQ but if you have a ceramic cooker you’ll be able to maintain the temperature.  Now with that being said I did cook them in the oven because I didn’t have access to my grill.  I promise I’ll keep you updated when I try this method on my ceramic cooker.  Below is the recipe.

High Heat Turkey

Directions for Chef Marc’s Easy High Heat Turkey

Dry a 16 to 18 lb. turkey inside and out with paper towels.

Oil the turkey inside and out with any kind of vegetable oil (olive, canola, etc.) using your hands.

Cut away any excess skin around the opening of the cavity and wedge a fork inside the cavity to open it further. Leave the fork in.

Why? Heat cooks. Opening the cavity will allow the heat to cook the bird from the inside as well as the outside.

Rub spices, herbs, or just pepper all over the bird with your oily fingers.

Why? Herbs and spices create a crust on the skin that seals in the flavor and juices.

Place the turkey, breast side down on a rack in a large metal roasting pan.

Why? The rack keeps the turkey from steaming on the bottom of the pan.
Why metal? It conducts heat better than glass or ceramic.

Cover the top of the turkey, including legs and wings with greased foil.

Why? High heat can cook too well. Loosely covering the top of the turkey will keep it from burning.

Pour ¾-inch of chicken or turkey broth in the bottom of the pan. As the turkey cooks, check the liquid every 45 minutes and ad more in case it evaporates.

Why? To catch the juices and fat as they drip from the turkey so that they will not burn from the high heat of the oven and stick on the bottom of the pan. You will be able to use this liquid as a base for your gravy.

Cook the turkey at 500° to 525° for 2 hours.

Remove foil, stuff the turkey with cooked stuffing and return it to the rack breast side up.

How? Use Chef Marc’s easy method: Using oven mitts, place the turkey, cavity up, into a five-gallon plastic container. Then spoon the stuffing in.

Cook the turkey 30 to 45 minutes longer until an instant-read thermometer stuck deep in the thigh reads 175°.

Let the turkey rest at least 20 minutes.

Why? Resting allows the meat to reabsorb its juices.

5 rules for the perfect high heat turkey:

1. DON’T SALT or use seasoned salt or any spice blend containing salt on the turkey before cooking.

2. DON’T LET THE BIRD TOUCH THE PAN
You want to roast the turkey, not stew it. When the turkey sits on the bottom of the pan, instead of on a rack, or is squeezed into a too-small pan, the hot air is unable to envelop the turkey causing it to cook in its juices rather than in high heat roast.

3. DON’T BASTE THE TURKEY
It will break the caramelization, slow down cooking, and use up the great pan juices that have accumulated in the pan.

4. DON’T USE A FORK TO TURN OR CHECK THE TURKEY
Piercing the meat will allow the flavorful meat juices to escape.

5. DON’T COVER THE TURKEY WITH CHEESECLOTH
I don’t care what Martha says…covering the bird with cheesecloth will prevent browning. It will make a mighty tasty cheesecloth, though…if you are into that kind of thing….

Bacon Bomb

Just what the doctor didn’t order!!!!!

My  friend turned me on to this and use it as an appetizer  because a little  goes a long way .  Creativity is a plus!!!  follow the steps in the video and fill it with what ever you wish and enjoy!!!!  Cook indirect at about 300 degrees.  Take the Bacon Bomb off when the internal temp reaches 160 degrees and let it rest.  You can slice and serve & enjoy!!

 

Pig Roast

I was asked to do a pig roast for my brother-inlaw’s birthday being that I never cooked a whole pig before I said no problem!!!   I started out by making about 5lbs of my special rub and a couple of gallons of BBQ sauce.  We picked up the pig & the roaster and the following day  my buddy Kurt & I went to work.  Once we had the pig on I started my mopping sauce and we mopped the pig every hour until it was done.  It was a lot of work but it was so much fun!!!  If you’ve never cooked a whole pig try it & let us know how it went!!!

Here’s a couple of side notes:

When ordering the pig figure on a pound per person remember there’s a lot of waste and you do want some leftovers for later.  This is a 2 person job so get your friends to help.  Keep in mind the pig should take about an hour per 10 lbs to cook.  Have the roaster temp about 250 degrees for the first 2 hrs  then bring it up to about 300 to 325 degrees until finished.  I had our roaster a little to high in temp & it made the skin a little dark but it sealed in the juices which worked for us.  Just add some foil to the skin if you want to keep it from burning.  Internal temp for the pig should be 160 to 165 degrees and let it rest before the picking starts.  We used gloves because the even after 45 minutes of resting it was still hot.  Kurt & I picked it apart while my uncle & cousin had 2 cutting stations so all in all it took about 45 minutes to pick a part.

 

Skirt Steak with 4 cheese stuffed peppers & Spanish rice

I’ve been eating skirt steak for years and just learned that there are two types inner & outter.  The inner skirt is used for grilling or griddling & chopped into tiny bits for tacos and the outter skirt you would slice on the bias and serve as a steak.  I always liked the inner until I went to the outter it’s thicker, more tender & very juicy providing you don’t over cook it!!!  Ask you butcher to trim the steak out and give the skirt a couple of slices with a knive on the top & bottom side.   The outter doesn’t  need to be tenderized like the inner (the butcher will run it through a tenderizer machine which puts holes it and makes it more tender.

The prep: I mixed together in a bowl 14 cup olive oil, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, fresh oregano, kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, diced onion, little bit of paprika and chipolte powder to taste and mix well.  Rub over meat and place in fridge for at least 4 hours over night is best.

Set up your grill for the direct method of grilling (meat over the flame) very high grill temp of 450 to 500 degrees and don’t forget to add a nice chunk of oak or hickory wood.  As always get the grill grate hot, clean & well oiled.  When ready place skirt on grill for about 3 minutes or until meat is unstuck to the grill  now give it a quarter turn this will ensure nice grill marks as pictured.  Flip to the other side and do the same.  Steak will cook fast it should read 130 degrees on a thermometer and let it rest.

As for the sides we made 4 cheese stuffed peppers,  spanish rice  roasted tomotillo salsa.  Start by splitting peppers down the side and clean them of seeds place them in a cast iron pan than onto a 350 degree grill for about 30 minutes until soft.  The peppers were filled with a 4 cheese egg souffle  we used queso, blue cheese, sharp cheddar and a  lot of parmesan now place cheese mixture  into peppers and cook in cast iron skillet on an indirect grill at 350 degrees until tender about 20 minutes.

Roasted tomotillo salsa:  Garden picked tomotillos with husk off, 5 garlic cloves skins off, onion and hot peppers roast in hot oven or hot grill for 30 minitues let cool for 15 minutes put in food processsor and whiz with salt, fresh squeezed lime juice and cilantro.

Spanish rice:  Check the back of the package of rice for cooking instructions.  Heat up some oil cook onion, garlic, 2 cups of rice, 3 cups chicken stock tablespoon of tomato paste, oregano & salt to taste let cook.



Brisket & Pork Butts with coffee, cocoa paste

I made a paste with 3 tablespoon instant expresso, 1/2 cup Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon fresh cracked tri-color black pepper, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon cumin seed toasted & ground, 1 tablespoon coriander seed toasted & ground, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, apple juice or cider or as needed.  Place the paste on a full brisket and place in fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.  Layer the top of the brisket with bacon and fire up your grill for indirect cooking/smoking.

Try the same paste on pork butts which means you may need to double or triple the paste.

Place the meat in a 250 to 275 degree smoker for 5 hours while it’s smoking baste brisket & pork with this moping sauce which has 1 beer, 12 oz of apple cider, 1 can of beef stock, 1 cup Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce to taste,  kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste.  If you’re cooking this much meat you might need to double or triple the moping sauce as well.

Once the internal temp gets to 170 degrees place the brisket in a foil pan with some moping sauce and the same goes for the pork butts. Cover the both of them with foil and lower the temp of the smoker to 225 to 250 degrees for 3 to 4 more hours or until the internal temp of the meat gets to 190 degrees.

Now, I know some of you are saying that I’m cheating, cooking them this way but  it works great, saves time & fuel and think about it after the first 5 hours how much smoke is really going to penetrate the meat after the burnt ends & bark have been established.

Tips:

If the meat is getting too dark during the 1st 5 hours cover the top of the meat with a layer foil.

Always let your meat rest in this case for at least 20 minutes before cutting.

Apple & pecan works well as well as hickory & oak.

The bacon may start to over cook after the 1st or 2nd hour feel free to remove it and use it in your sauce or beans.

You won’t be sorry you cooked them this way your guests will love it.  Enjoy & keep your grill on!!!

Marinated Flank Steak & Heirloom Tomatoes with Bacon & Triple Cream Blue Cheese

Marinade the flank steak with soy, garlic, shioxaing wine for at least 4 hours, overnight is best.  Prep grill for direct cooking and wait until the grill grate is 400 to 450 degrees.  Make sure the grate is clean and well oiled.  Place steak on hot grill for about 2 minutes or until the steak can be turned a quarter turn without sticking to the grill.  Now leave it on for another 2 minutes.  This is to ensure nice grill marks.  After a total of 4 or 5 minutes flip steak to the other side and cook until it’s firm to the touch or the internal temp is 130 to 135 for medium rare.  Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting.

Side dish: Heirloom tomatoes with green onions, bacon, olive oil, salt,  pepper and triple cream blue cheese.  The cheese was purchased at Mariano’s Fresh Market.

Wine:  The featured wine is a Pinotage Grinder it has a natural hint of coffee due to the heavily toasted oak it sits in.

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