Think You’re Too Busy to Get Ready for That Big Thanksgiving Meal? Technology Has Something Different to Say

By Jeremy Louise | November 25th, 2019

If I had to make a list of all the things I deeply love, “barbecue” and “technology” would undoubtedly be right at the top.

In my position as an IT project manager at TSI, naturally my job takes care of the latter on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not totally dedicated to the former, of course. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, meaning that I’m already thinking about how I’m going to barbecue this year’s delicious turkey for my loved ones. Over the years, it was always a bit difficult to find the time to prepare such a terrific – but lengthy – meal.

But thanks to the wonders of modern technology, “time” isn’t something I have to worry about any longer. With the right tools by my side, preparing that turkey is easier than ever – regardless of how busy I happen to be.

Thanksgiving and Technology: The Perfect Pair

Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do without my Smart Grill.

Manufactured by Lynx, this baby has it all – Wi-Fi compatibility so I can add it to my home network, voice control, remote monitoring, you name it. To top it off, it’s also an excellent grill, too.

Even if I have to run into my home office to get some work done, I can still always see exactly what is going on with the grill via the intuitive, app-based ignition and control system. I can do anything and when it comes time to flip or remove meat, I get an instant “push” notification right to my smartphone – guaranteeing that I never miss anything important and that I never overcook a meal ever again.

A Perfect Turkey Needs a Perfect Recipe

But all of the technology in the world wouldn’t mean a thing if my cooking technique wasn’t equally impressive. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I truly believe I have that covered, too.

This year, I’ll be preparing an applewood smoked turkey for the family using this recipe that, yes, I’ve already tried myself and I can definitely vouch for. If you’d like to give it a try for yourself, the good news is that it’s fairly straightforward. All you have to do is:

  • Soak wood chips in water for about an hour. Be sure to drain well.
  • Prepare your turkey by removing the neck and giblets and trimming any excess fat.
  • Combine your ingredients (extra-virgin olive oil, fresh sage, kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, fresh thyme and oregano, garlic powder) in a bowl. Rub the mixture you create under the loosened skin of the turkey and over the breasts for extra flavor.
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat using both burners, but once this is done be sure to turn the left burner off. Place two cups of those wood chips on the heat element on the right side.
  • Grill your turkey for two hours and 45 minutes, or until your thermometer (or smart grill) tells you that the thickest part of the thigh registers at 165 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 74 °C).

Until your own smart grill gives you that “push” notification letting you know that everything is done, all you have to do is sit back and relax. An incredible meal that your loved ones will salivate over is about to arrive and you’ll definitely be glad you made that offer to host Thanksgiving this year, regardless of how busy you thought you were.

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