How To Make Homemade Dessert Turkey
Learn how to make a delicious Dessert Turkey that will really impress your guests. After eating it though I don't think you would have any problem serving this as your main Turkey at a holiday meal!
15 lb Turkey
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
5 Granny Smith Apple
Cinnamon Toast Shake
Soluble Apple Cinnamon
InstructionsFirst we want to prepare the injection for our turkey. You can use either tap or distilled water but if you are using tap water it's not a bad idea to let it sit in an uncovered container overnight to let any chlorine or other chemicals evaporate out. The entire package of apple cinnamon soluble seasoning is just over 2.3 lb and is dissolved in a gallon of water for a 10% pump, so since a gallon weighs 8 lb and the seasoning is 2 that means this whole bag would be enough for a 100 lb of turkey. Since our Turkey weighs 15 lb we really only need 1.5 lb of the injection however we recommend you make more than what you need so we are going to double that and use whatever is left over as our base to marinate it overnight. We are going to use 3 lb of water and .87 lb of seasoning plus 2.4 oz Cold Phosphate (which helps increase water holding capacity to increase the juiciness of our smoked turkey), this will be just over double what we need. After we are done injecting we should have about 1.5 lb of our injection left so we will just add another 1.5 lb (or whatever we have left) of water to that to create our 50% strength cover solution.
We recommend doing an 8 point injection, with 4 injection points on each half of the turkey. Start with the turkey lying flat on a counter or cutting board and on its back with the bottom facing you. Your first injection will be in the middle of the breast and angled down towards the top of the turkey (repeat this injection on the other breast). Injection number 2 will be parallel to the counter, through the middle of the breast, towards the top of the turkey (repeat on both sides of the turkey breast). The third and fourth injection points will be into the drumstick and leg, and then inject into the thigh muscle (again repeat to inject both halves of the turkey). That gives us 4 injection points on each side of the turkey, for 8 total injection points. Since this Turkey was 15 lb we want it to weigh at least 16.5 lb after injecting, thus hitting our 10% pump goal.
The turkey marinated overnight and we added our stuffing to it. To make the stuffing we skinned and diced up 5 apples, softened a 1/2 stick of butter and added 3 cups of unseasoned breadcrumbs. Then we mixed it all together to make sure the butter was holding everything together. We stuffed the cavity of the turkey with that and now we are going to rub it with Cinnamon Toast Shake.
We are going to rub it on both above and below the skin. If you have never rubbed under the skin of a turkey before you need to loosen the skin first. You can start at the neck or the cavity side, just start working your fingers between the skin and the meat until the skin begins to pull away. Be careful not to break the skin and make sure you separate all the skin around the breast. Now rub it under the skin with Cinnamon Toast Shake seasoning, and then coat the entire outside of the skin and you are ready to cook!
Thermal Processing & Smoking
Stage 1 - 120° F for 30 minutes
Stage 2 - 135° F for 2.5 hours
Stage 3 - 160° F for 30 minutes
Stage 3 - 190° F until internal meat temp of 165°
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@parksider Thanks for the follow up!! I was really watching the internal temperature when they were in the rolling (HOT) water and making sure to pull them right at the 165. And then right into the ice water bath.
You guys got a great job! Im pretty passionate about this kinda stuff. I enjoy it a lot and love doing R and D stuff! Keep up the fun work!
@Jonathon Yes Jonathon-it’s in your head
@mikeihuntr My only advice is to keep the water around 170F, not a rolling boil. If the casing are too tight they WILL explode then you have a really big pot of bad soup! A nice simmer is the way to go, take them out 155-160 and into a water bath. Here is a pic, we just use the turkey fryer with the basket. It makes it really easy to remove from the water and rinse. I will also recommend keeping a temp probe right in the meat you can see the wire going into the water. Good luck!!
This was a big topic of conversation because we do freeze/thaw/process/refreeze venison and pork, never an issue. As a former restaurateur and certified food handler here is what Dept of Agriculture has to say. I’ll defer to the experts:
Author: Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) advises:
Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.
If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly, according to USDA.
DO NOT thaw meat at room temperature, such as on the kitchen counter.
Safety will depend on whether the raw product was handled properly before it was frozen, refrozen shortly after it was thawed, cooked to a safe temperature when it is eaten and handled safely if there are any leftovers.
What temperature should I pull my cured and smoked bacon out of my smokehouse?
@jonathon it is printed on the Box. I’m looking for a bag that has a evoh barrier. Does Waltons carry a four or five mm evoh High barrier bag?