It's time for our annual Earlybird Holiday Coupon Sale, ten days only! Add zesty flavor to your holiday cooking and give the gift of good taste this Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, all while saving money when you shop at the Carolina Sauce Company online store now through November 28th. Get 10% off ALL products, including sale items and already-discounted gift sets, when you order at least $45 in products and use the coupon code Blog1110 when you order online (or mention the coupon when ordering by phone). Check out our recently updated and improved sauce & seasoning gift sets, including our NC BBQ gift sets in Mild and Hot, our fiery Hot & Spicy NC Gift Set, our flavorful Hot Wings Gift Set, and our new gourmet Taste of NC gift set. Other popular holiday gifts include the Hunter's Gift Set featuring sauces & seasonings to complement venison and other game, the sublimely delicious Sweet Gourmet Gift Set with old-fashioned marmalade & maple butter & more, our special Kosher Sauces Gift Set from Israel, and the bountiful Tailgating Party Gift Set now at a lower price!
Just remember to order at least $45 in products and enter the Blog1110 coupon in the Coupon field on the Billing page of the online order form. And don't delay: The Blog1110 coupon expires on November 28, 2010!
If you want to smoke a turkey for Thanksgiving, here are some surefire tips for the most succulent and deliciously flavorful turkey you've ever had:
*The secret to juiciness is to brine the bird for at least two days. Here are some brine recipes and instructions. If starting with a frozen turkey, you'll need to add a couple of additional brining days. Make sure your brining container is large enough to completely submerge the turkey, and replace any thawing ice packs with new frozen ones to keep the brine cold enough.
*For crispy skin, use paper towels to pat dry the turkey after brining, and before placing the turkey in your smoker rub the skin with olive oil and a poultry rub such as Bone Suckin' Poultry Seasoning or Big Daddy's Superb Herb Seasoning.
*Select a complementary wood for smoking. Pear, apple, cherry or oak are ideal. Hickory and mesquite are too strong for turkey. If you can get wine-barrel wood from a winery, it's excellent!
*Keep the smoker at around 300F degrees, and smoke the turkey until the internal temperature hits 180F. This can take around 5 hours for a 20-lb. bird, but your time will vary depending on the weather, size of bird, etc. DON'T stuff the turkey before smoking - that's a recipe for food poisoning! Cook the stuffing separately for safety.
*Don't be surprised by a puff of of steam when you first cut into the breast of the smoked turkey - that's a sign the bird is moist and juicy. Enjoy your smoked turkey with your favorite sides, such as cranberry chutney or Southern chow-chow relish.
Our final new products for 2010 are here, and make great unique gifts for fiery-foods fans or foodies:
*Dave's Insanity Private Reserve, 2010 Edition: Dave's hottest Private Reserve sauce to date, featuring the world's hottest pepper (Naga Jolokia) and packed in Dave's trademark wooden coffin with yellow "Caution" tape
*The Distillery Garlic Cajun Wing Sauce: More than just a chicken wing sauce, this rich & zesty, moderately spicy sauce is sure to please garlic-lovers and is great with grilled, broiled or baked chicken, fish, seafood, and rice
Operation Sauce Drop is our non-profit program that sends free gift boxes of sauce to US military personnel stationed abroad. To date, we've shipped over 1,000 free gift boxes to our deployed military, at absolutely NO cost to them. The troops greatly appreciate the free sauces, as you can see from their thank-you notes & photos. Our cost to purchase and ship each free gift box generally runs from $20 to $25, and 100% of all donations received are used SOLELY to pay for the cost of the sauces & shipping. Carolina Sauce pays for all the overhead of the program and also for a portion of the costs of each gift box. Unfortunately, Operation Sauce Drop ran out of money earlier this month, and we currently have a waiting list of 5 troops who have requested gift boxes. We cannot fulfill these requests without your help. Want to send a soldier a taste of home this Holiday season and bring a smile to his or her face? Then please donate to Operation Sauce Drop. You can also shop to support Operation Sauce Drop, where some or all of the purchase price of the products goes straight into Operation Sauce Drop (you get the products you order, and the money you pay is used to send free sauce to the troops). Our troops will thank you for your support!
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