Slow-Smoked and Spice-Brined Turkey

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Slow-Smoked and Spice-Brined Turkey

Inspired by the flavors of Peking duck, this turkey is infused with a Sichuan peppercorns, fennel seeds, and fresh ginger brine, then lightly smoked over oak.Matt Taylor-Gross

Inspired by the flavors of Peking duck, Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan in Brunswick , Maine, infuses a turkey with a spiced brine of Sichuan peppercorns, fennel seeds, and fresh ginger and then lightly smokes it with oak wood chips. The delicate smokiness balances the spices, and the low cooking temperature keeps the bird exceptionally moist. If you don't have wood chips, omit the smoking part of the recipe; the turkey will still taste delicious without it.

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Note: Don't have a big smoker in your backyard? No problem: You can use a foil packet of "stovetop" wood chips in your oven instead. Stovetop wood chips are cut into much smaller bits than regular ones, so they start burning quickly when heated over the stove before you put them into the oven.

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