Yup, you gotta love it when you check out the frozen section in your local grocery store and you find a “Special Today” sale … Found this 14.4 lb Turkey for $4.18 … Couldn’t pass it up so I bought 2 of them. For $4.18 you can’t buy a quarter pounder meal let alone a whole bird!!!! This time of year these birds normally go for $1.99/lb. Don’t care why they marked them at 29¢ – Their loss, my gain.
Removed the backbone and only split the breast bone. I prefer to leave the breast bone in cause I would butcher it if I tried to remove it and I find it smokes/cooks just as well.
Rubbed under/on the skin with Annie’s Roasted Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for glue and some Jans Dry Rub. Refrigerated for 3 hours before smoking/cooking.
Preheated the MAK 2 Star Wood Pellet Smoker-Grill to the SMOKE Setpoint (180ºF) using Hickory wood BBQ pellets.
Hickory smoked with the skin side down for 2 hours.
Bumped the temp to 325ºF until the Internal Temperature (IT) reached 170ºF at the thickest part of the breast. Rested under a foil tent for 20 minutes before serving. Best $4 I’ve spent in a long time … Served with Pelletheads Potato Casserole, Corn on the Cob, Turkey Dressing, and Poultry Gravy.