Thanksgiving is a holiday that's much misunderstood, so it's helpful to reflect on what actually happened during what we consider to be the first Thanksgiving. Ben Shapiro offers a quick-and-dirty history of that event, one that you might not have heard. Turkey might or might not have been on that first feast table, but regardless, it's a staple of our tradition now.
PawPaw and Milady are hosting our family celebration this year, and in observance of the proper traditions, turkey will be on the menu, along with ham, dressing, yams, and all the other goodies. We're cooking the turkey on the smoker this year. Heretofore I've bought a smoked turkey from a local high school who smokes several hundred as a fund raiser. I didn't order a turkey this year, so I'm forced to smoke my own, and on Wednesday I put that bird into my smoke box.
After six hours in the smoker.