Jul 21, 2009
This is something that I dreamed up and I've been wanting to try out for sometime now. It's a cross between a "turducken" and a "bacon explosion". (I'll explain that makeshift sling thingy a bit later) If your not a food junkie like I am, or you live in a cave and don't know what either of those are, just google them. There are recipes for both everywhere. Although the "turducken" has been around for awhile, the "bacon explosion" apparently, is the newest, latest, and greatest thing for bbq'rs and foodies on the net.
Inspired by those two fabulous creations, plus the fact I was facing "turkey" as the primary ingredient for June's bakespace dinner challenge I knew I wanted to do something on the grill or in the smoker, afterall, it is summertime. But I wanted to do something different other than our (hubby and I) usual basic smoked turkey breast. Afterall, we've been there, done that, several times in fact. Nope, I wanted an all-in-one-on-a-bun turkey sandwich type thingy.
twelve pack case of beer....mission accomplished!
jus' go here to see how the pros get 'er done.. (that's a video of a "bacon explosion" btw)
"House Seasoning/Rub" for some extra flavor.
So we haul our laptops and cooler out onto the deck, ready to soak up some sunshine, smell the fruits of our labor, and just chill out for a couple of hours on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. All was right with the world..... Then.......the clouds rolled in. Crap. My supportive hubby says, "It's just a sprinkle, here, have a 'nuther beer". Quite naively I ask, "Oh, is it going to pass over ya think?"... Bigger rain drops, more clouds. Crap. Oh, and btw, it was just in the BACK of the house, out in the front of our house, nice and sunny. One of those freaky things that happen, once in a blue moon. (hahaha, get it? blue moon?) Nope, as luck would have it....had to grab all of our shit and pack it in. Hell, at this point, who cares? Whew, made it in just in time for the big freakish downpour. My recliner is way more comfy anyway.
It was a beautiful thing indeed. Perfectly crisp bacon on the outside, tender juicy turkey on the inside with a gooey flavorful filling in the middle. Oh man. Oh crap (but in a good way this time). Now, as perfect as it was, in hindsite, I'd change a few things. First, I'd still grill the onions but not the peppers. They were a little too mushy after all that smokin'. I think they'd be better just a wee bit more firm. Secondly, I wouldn't have freaked out about the thing falling apart. I could have very well just gently laid it on the grates, seam side down, with the pan underneath the grate as originally planned because the bacon tightened up as it cooked and held everything together. Another thing is, I'd give it time to rest so it wouldn't fall apart when I sliced it (I knew better) and also, give the cheese a few minutes to cool down and tighten back up. Lastly, although I highly recommend using a smoker, you could do this on a grill, but it would HAVE to be a charcoal grill AND use the indirect heat method by moving your HOT COALS to the side. As if I really need to explain that, but I thought I better...in case you're having a few beers. LOL
So there you have it, my "turbajunkin". Seriously, no condiments needed! I have every intention of doing another now that I have one under my belt (get it? huh? "under my belt" hehehehe, oh never mind)....and oh man....there WILL be a next time...for sure!!!! Between three of us (uhm, the vegetarian didn't partake, as tempting as it was) eating and nibbling all nite, the whole thing was gone by the end of the night. If you try it, please let me know, I'd love to hear any tips or adventures that you'd care to share. ;) Enjoy!