Every year Turduckens gain in popularity. From its first appearance with John Madden, people have wondered about this amazing bird…or…birds.
As the folklore surrounding Turduckens has grown, so have many of the myths surrounding them. Every day we get questions about Turduckens and whether they are the right choice at their holiday meal.
Let’s dispel some of these:
- Turduckens are Unhealthy – While you are not going to find a Turducken on the list of healthy eats this holiday season, it is not accurate that the Turducken is worse for you than a traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Our Turduckens are stuffed with boneless, skinless chicken and duck breasts, which helps to eliminate a lot of the calories. Overall, Turduckens are chock-full of delicious protein.
- The Kids Won’t Like It – If your children like Thanksgiving turkey, they will absolutely love the turkey meat of the Turducken. Plus, they will be able to try something a little bit different and brag to their friends about what they had at the holiday dinner table.
- Turduckens are Hard to Cook – This actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, it could be argued that Turduckens are actually easier to cook than a traditional turkey. To be honest, there is a fine line between a juicy, delicious turkey and one that looks like it was set out in the sun too long. There is no surprise with Turduckens, however. They are self-basting, and are done as soon as they reach the proper internal temperature.
- Thanksgiving Won’t Be the Same – To be completely honest, is this really a bad thing? Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to spend with your family and friends, but you have to admit: turkey can get a bit old. Turduckens look something like a turkey, but are an absolute flavor explosion. You will not be disappointed with a little change this holiday season.
- Turduckens are Difficult to Get – Totally not true! At CajunCrawfish.com, not only do we have Turduckens in stock, but they ship out the next business day so you can have a Turducken when you need it this holiday season.
Can you think of any other Turducken myths we missed? Let us know and we can cover them in future entries (we may even give you a shout out). And until then, let us know what we can do to make your next holiday dinner one to remember.
Do you enjoy smoked turkey during the holidays?
Smoking meats is popular during the holidays and provides a different approach to family meals and can add a unique flavor that will have your family and friends’ mouths watering. Now, imagine taking it to the next level!
Smoked turducken will take your already unique meal and add an even more delicious spin. Turduckens are a combination of three different popular birds, with a chicken stuffed into a duck, which is then stuffed inside of a turkey. Each layer is surrounded by either a seafood or cornbread stuffing, adding even more flavor. Add this to the smoky flavor and your holiday dinner will be talked about for years to come.
Smoking Your Turducken
The turducken will need to be cooked slowly to ensure that it cooks thoroughly and to prevent the outside from burning, so follow these instructions to smoke your turducken this year.
- Allow the turducken to thaw at room temperature for at least 48 – 72 hours. Ensure the turducken is completely thawed before cooking
- Preheat your grill to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If your grill does not include a built-in thermometer, purchase one. It is important to leave one of the burners off or to place all of the coals on one side of the grill. The turducken will need to be place over indirect heat.
- Place the turducken in an aluminum pan or on aluminum foil to prevent it from sticking to the grill.
- Soak your wood chips in water for 30 minutes and then place them in a smoker box. You can also add them directly to the charcoal, but the flavor may not be as intense.
- Add water to a drip pan and place it under the spot where you will place the turducken to help keep the turducken moist while it smokes. Keep ¼ inch of water in the pan at all times.
- Place the turducken in the aluminum pan or on the foil and then set the pan on the grill over the indirect heat. Let cook for four hours.
- Brush olive oil over the skin of the turducken and cover with aluminum foil. Check the temperature and add more charcoal and wood chips if needed.
- Keep the temperature between 250 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. You can accomplish this by opening and closing the vents as needed.
- Continue to smoke for four to five hours, or until the internal temperature of the turducken reaches 165 degrees. Be sure to place the thermometer in the thickest section of the turducken.
- Once internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the turducken from the heat source, slice and enjoy!
If you have any additional smoking tips, or would like to see a blog about another way to cook turduckens, be sure to leave us a comment!
Louisiana ‘s Cajun Turduckens
Louisiana has a long and proud history of producing amazing delicacies where others may have overlooked them. It’s easy to see why a dish so unique as the turducken would originate in this area of the country. To find out more about the History of Turduckens and What exactly a Turducken is check out our previous blogs.
Now, we’re not saying that Louisianans invented the idea of stuffing one animal inside of another – egastration has been around for centuries – but according to history, some of the earliest versions of the modern-day turducken have their roots deep within the marshland of the Bayou State.
What’s so Special about our Cajun Turduckens?
Our turduckens are sprinkled with special seasonings that have been perfected through generations in Louisiana. They are also available with a variety of dressings which combine the flavors of the area to really give our turduckens a burst of flavor in every bite.
Anytime is the Right Time for Turducken
This 3-in-1-miracle dish is not strictly a holiday meal. The truth is, Turduckens are available all year long, and are the perfect dish for a weekend get-together. In fact, our pre-stuffed turduckens are ready to order today. So invite your family and friends next weekend and introduce them to a true Louisiana original – the Cajun Crawfish turducken.