Applewood Smoked Turkey With Cider Bourbon Gravy

This Applewood Smoked Turkey With Cider Bourbon Gravy absolutely amazing! The brine, the rub, the gravy, killed it. I loved the chipotle/brown sugar rub flavor combo. The bourbon in the smoker was genius too. I’m drooling thinking about it. Whatever you do, don’t skip the gravy. It was the cherry on the cake.


1 cup kosher salt
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup whole black peppercorns
4 cups cold bourbon
1 1/2 gallons cold water
1 (7-pound) turkey breast

3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika (I used bourbon smoked paprika – so good)
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
soaked applewood chips for smoking (our smoker calls for about 2 cups)
1/2 cup bourbon
1 cup water

Cider Bourbon Gravy
the reserved turkey neck
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 shallots, diced
1 small apple, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup bourbon
2/3 cup apple cider
2 cups COLD low-sodium chicken stock
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


Image Credit : www.howsweeteats.com 

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