What a nice time we had with Ken & Maryanne Watson and their family! Maryanne is an excellent cook, and she directed the various kitchen helpers in preparing and serving a wonderful spread of yummy food.
The Watson’s place has two full hookup sites for RVs in the back yard, and another can park in front of the house, with water and electricity. In the photo below, you can see Craig & Liz’s Allegro motorhome parked on the left of the building and our Phaeton on the right. The building contains an apartment and shop for Ken’s wood projects.
Joining us for dinner were:
Ken’s daughter Nellie, shown here trimming her friend Anna’s hair
Nellie’s 3 daughters:
Don brought his Orion smoker to cook one of the turkeys. He brined it overnight (soaked in a salt/sugar/water solution), then stuffed it with fresh lemon halves and covered it with herbs and olive oil. The bird went into the smoker on a poultry rack surrounded by cherry wood chips.
Don then loaded the smoker with match-light charcoal, reserving a few briquets for the cup on top, which creates the heat convection. He lit the charcoal, and set a timer for 2 hours and 20 minutes for the 20-pounder.
Craig helped pull the bird out at the proper time, and Don removed the rack. What a beautiful outcome, and the taste was superb! And it’s such an easy way to cook a turkey in a remarkably short period of time.
Accompaniments included two types of dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, homemade dinner rolls, pumpkin bread, corn pudding, cranberry gelatin mold, three pies (pumpkin, wild cherry and lemon meringue) and lots of deviled eggs. What a feast!
All in all, it will be a holiday remembered for a long time!