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How to make the PERFECT Holiday Turkey!

Smoked Turkey

Pecan Smoked Turkey!!!

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 3 – 4 Hours | Servings: 16 – 18

Special Equipment Used:

Instant Read Thermometer
Electric Smoker
Foil Drip Pan


1 – Turkey – 16 to 18 lbs
2 – cups of wood chips of your choice
4 – 8 tbs of Organic Olive Oil
4 – 8 cups of water
Smoked Salt and Pepper to taste

Pre-heat the smoker to 275 degrees and add the first cup of wood chips before putting the turkey in.

Turkey Top View


Step 1 – Remove turkey from the packaging and be sure to remove anything from the internal cavity. Pat dry with paper towels and place on a large cutting board or platter.

Step 2 – Coat the turkey with olive oil and season with smoked salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3 – Place turkey into smoker with a foil drip pan underneath and add 4 cups of water to the pan.

Step 4 – Check on the turkey after 2 hours, add the second cup of wood chips and water to the drip pan as needed. Cook for an additional 1 – 2 hours, using an internal read thermometer to check for doneness.

The turkey is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, so be sure to pull it out of the smoker when an internal temperature of 155 is reached. Allow to rest for 15 minutes on a platter or cutting board, and lightly tent with foil to hold in the heat. It will gradually continue cooking and come up the temperature during that time. Slice, serve and enjoy!

If you don’t have a smoker, you can pick them up pretty cheaply these days. I used an electric smoker and it really takes all of the work out of watching the temperatures, it really is kind of set it and forget it!

Turkey Complete Meal

Complete Holiday Meal consists of the Pecan Smoked Turkey, Smashed Sweet Potatoes, Southern Style Green Beans, homemade cranberry sauce, and a Warrior Buckeye Cream Pie!!! Stay tuned for the recipes and videos of the sides in upcoming blog posts! Hope you enjoyed this month’s guest blog post! Stay tuned for next month’s post for more great recipe tips and tricks!

Photos, recipe and video by Seven Sons and Thomas Miller.

Make a Plate Photo Contest Winners

A BIG Thank You to all who submitted.

This has to be one of my favorite contests. I just love everything about food, being with friends and family, the challenge of a new recipe and the comfort of your favorite recipes. Food brings people together and that is exactly the goal of Vero Vine and the community photo contests.

The purpose of this contest was to inspire others in creativity with food. To promote local business in a notoriously bad for business month of September, and announce the new Make a Plate feature of Vero Vine which together with this contest has created the all NEW Vero Beach Food Blog. There you will find all contest submissions and continued community food submissions. Filter by Restaurant or Community Member and various types of food to be inspired for a new recipe or find a new local place to eat with friends.

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Epic Bun-less Burger – Thomas Miller

Epic Bun-less Burger

1st Place – Value: $500

Felicity Images
Cobalt Restaurant Heaton's Reef
 LOV Juice Chive

Felicity Images: A photo session with Nellie Quiros at Felicity Images, and a custom photo app with your favorite twenty images., valued at: $350. Cobalt Restaurant: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $50. Heaton’s Reef: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $50. Chive: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $25. LOV Juice: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $25.

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Homemade Pizza – Marcy

Homemade Pizza

2nd Place – Value: $169

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Fresh Figs Topped With Goat Cheese – Ashley Kennedy

Fresh Figs Topped With Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar

3rd Place – Value: $145

Vero Beach Karate Association Chive

Vero Beach Karate Association: One Month of Karate Lessons, Includes Uniform, valued at: $120. Chive: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $25.

No Bake Strawberry Pie – Bonnie Owings

No Bake Strawberry Pie

4th Place – Value: $89

River King Cruise Chive

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Crockpot Prep – Jamie Brazie

Crockpot Prep

Raffle – Value: $159

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Curves: 1 Month Membership Certificate, valued at: $99. Main Street Vero Beach: A City Scapes Drawing, Unframed, valued at: $35. Chive: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $25.

Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks – Mary Catherine-Morton

Sweet And Spicy Bacon Wrapped Breadstick

Most Creative – Value: $50

The Hair Shop for Men LOV Juice

Chive: 1 Gift Certificate (Vero), valued at: $25. The Hair Shop for Men: 1 hot towel, straight razor shave gift card., valued at: $25.

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Cuomo’s White Bean Mash

Slow-Sautéed Carrots with Fresh Thyme

Use this as a healthy alternative to mashed potatoes for any meal.
  • 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 3 Cans Cannelloni beans (Rinsed).
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic Smashed
  • 5 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme Chopped
  • 1 Cup White Wine
  • 1 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp. Truffle Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Medium sauce pan over medium heat, add olive oil, add onions and slowly soften (no brown crisping). Add garlic and thyme. Allow everything to really become soft. Add the rinsed beans and stir everything together for a minute. Turn up to medium high heat and add the wine. Let reduce til wine is almost gone then add the chicken stock. reduce heat to medium low and let the beans break down stirring occasionally (about 20 min). Drizzle in truffle oil and season with salt and pepper. (4 Servings)

Finishing Tip: The other night I spooned the bean mash into small ramekins and topped them with a little parmesan cheese, pinch of parsley and an additional (tiny) drizzle of truffle oil and browned the top under the broiler.