Barbecued meats are a huge part of Alabama cooking, so it's only natural the Thanksgiving turkey should have some of that smoky flavor. I used Chinese ingredients on the turkey, inspired by my time working for the U.S. Olympic teams in Beijing. This recipe is versatile and can also be used on chicken or pork.
Special equipment: Flavor injector
Technique tip: To avoid overcooking, baste turkey in marinade every 30 minutes and flavor inject marinade into the breast every 30 minutes.
Mix everything together and marinate turkey overnight. Reserve marinade after for basting.2.
Place turkey on rack and cook in oven on 275°F covered in foil for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Baste the turkey every 30 minutes with leftover marinade and use a flavor injector to inject the breast.3.
Take foil off the turkey and finish on 400°F for 20 minutes or until turkey reaches 165°F on a meat thermometer.