March Madness Half Court BBQ Pulled Turkey Sliders

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SomeShadyBrookFarms_Logomark_Spot_v2times in those final seconds of the game you have to try for the half court shot. When it goes in the basket the crowd erupts and legends are made. This is exactly what happened with my Half Court BBQ Turkey Sliders when I passed them around the team. This entry into the Life of Dad #TurkeyMadness competition is inspired by my desire to take chances and wow the crowds which definitely makes this recipe a game changer. As you read through the game plan you will see that things don’t always go the way you might imagine. Just remember that this is #TurkeyMadness and anything can happen!

I picked up an eight pound Honeysuckle White Turkey Breast and a few other ingredients to get this party started. Go ahead and read on to get the details on how I made these tasty BBQ pulled turkey sliders. Honeysuckle White Turkey breast is so delicious for this recipe and it’s great knowing that these are premium turkeys raised without growth-promoting antibiotics and are very affordable. The party will definitely have their fill once they knock down these delicious (and nutritious) sliders.

Ingredients for Turkey:

Honeysuckle White Turkey Breast
Celery
Baby Tomatoes
Baby Carrots
Broccoli

Ingredients for Rub:
Spanish Paprika
Pepper
Salt
Chili Powder

Ingredients for BBQ Sauce:
Pepper
Salt
Chili Powder
Water
Tomato Puree
Brown Sugar
Ground Cumin
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Wood Smoked Bacon

Additional Items:
Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
Cole Slaw

Directions:

I will begin by saying that you could smoke your turkey or grill it. My original plan was to grill the turkey outside. The cards weren’t in my favor and the wind was too strong for me to do any cooking safely outside. So instead I went with the classic oven technique. Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Prep your defrosted turkey by removing anything inside of it and washing the turkey with water. Dry with some paper towels and then put in your roasting pan. I added some cut up celery, carrots, baby tomatoes, and broccoli inside the turkey. I just grabbed what was left over on a veggie tray from Alex’s birthday party. Once it was filled up I started on a rub for the turkey.

IMG_3479Mix a good amount of Spanish paprika with pepper, salt, and chili powder. I did not use any exact measurements for the rub so I would recommend just mixing it all together and save whatever you don’t use for later. Spread the rub all over the turkey. Get it in all of the little spots and creases of the turkey so that it is just covered with this rub.

By this time you can probably put the turkey in the oven. Based on the weight of the bird will depend on your cooking time. I was looking at about four hours in our oven. So I added about two cups of water to the bottom of my roasting pan and put my bird in the oven.

IMG_3480Check on the turkey every so often and baste the bird with the juices from the bottom of the pan. This is going to help keep that bird nice and moist. Once there was a nice golden brown around the bird and it reached the right temperature it was time to get the turkey out and let it cool enough to be cut up and pulled apart.

Start pulling that turkey apart and placing the good stuff into a container and tossing the stuff you don’t need (or save the bones to make some turkey stock). Once you have everything pulled apart I would recommend sprinkling in some more of that rub you made earlier.

Set the turkey aside and keep it warm by placing it back in the oven or covering it while we make the BBQ sauce.

IMG_3485For this sauce we will first take a couple slices of apple wood smoked bacon and chop it up into small pieces and saute it in the bottom of a sauce pan until it is nice and crispy. Once that is finished add 1 cup of tomato puree, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of water, 3 tablespoons of packed brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder. Bring it too a boil for a few minutes and then take the heat down to a simmer.  Salt and pepper to taste.

I love Hawaiian rolls. I think they are very sweet and add a lot to a slider. I like to prepare them on my cast iron grill. Spray the grill with a cooking spray and then set the rolls down for just a little bit. You can spread a little butter on the rolls to give them a little more flavor. Once you get a nice grill mark on the rolls they’re ready.

The Honeysuckle White turkey I used for this recipe is raised by 700 independent family farmers and is a delicious (and nutritious) protein you can feel good about eating. Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle White are regional turkey brands that offer a variety of turkey products to satisfy every guest. Not a fan of my sliders? I may even have a turkey burger recipe coming soon! Just remember to always cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

IMG_3487bNow my Half Court BBQ Pulled Turkey Slider is just about ready. Grab you rolls, add some turkey and some sauce. If cole slaw is your thing feel free to add some, but it’s not necessarily. Get ready for some fantastic #TurkBQ madness. This sandwich is definitely ready for the big dance.

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Please Don’t Stop The Music a 1byOne Speaker Review

1byOne-SpeakerIt’s a new year and I already have an amazing product for you to spend those gift cards on. 1byOne reached out asking if I would be interesting in testing out some of their products and writing up a review for them in exchange to keep the product. I thought, “why not” and was sent over this amazing little speaker.

This particular speaker is very rugged and is loud. It features Bluetooth connectivity or you can insert a micro SD card filled with some audio and listen that way. Another really cool feature about this speaker is that it is also waterproof. It doesn’t float, so don’t through it in the ocean expecting to get it back, but it can sit out on a boat, the beach, a pool, or even in the shower. I had the kids try it out in the bath and played some silly bath songs while they washed up. The speaker worked just as expected and the kids loved it.

I mentioned that the speaker is very rugged. That’s a good thing to have when your son wants to run around the house holding the speaker and drops it occasionally. I am not exactly sure what the drop point would be for the speaker or how much of a beating it can take but I will say it has stood up against my toddler very well.

IMG_2448After unboxing the speaker I turned it on without even needing to charge it beforehand. I thought that was really cool. Your mileage may vary when it comes to the charge when the device is shipped but in my own experience it was ready to rock and roll right out of the box. The packaging was really nice. I was greeted with a nice “hello!” when I opened the box. I immediately replied with “it’s me”, but that’s besides the point. The speaker comes with a USB cable so you can charge it. There is also a manual but the device is pretty self explanatory when you use it.

The run down on how you use the device is pretty simple. You hold the power button for a few seconds and a pleasant voice will tell you that the device is on and waiting for a Bluetooth connection. Once you have made a connection the voice will let you know and you can start playing audio through the speaker. Your volume controls on your phone will increase or decrease the volume on the speaker. You can also skip, stop, and pause on the speaker. I also forgot to mention that it even has a built in microphone so you can use this speaker as a speaker phone if needed! How cool is that!

IMG_2446I only have two complaints about the speaker. They are minor and more so feature requests for the next model. The first feature request would be to add an FM/AM tuner. Listening via Bluetooth or SD card is cool, but having the local radio would be even cooler. It’s okay that this doesn’t have a radio as most stations have apps now. Which you could then just Bluetooth on over to the speaker, but whatever the speaker is still cool.

The second feature request is something I think would be sort of easy to do. When you open the flap to charge or insert a SD card you can see the blue light indicating that the speaker is on. But with that flap closed you can’t see that light. I personally would like to be able to see that light as an indication that the speaker is on. I mean if that light is there why not show it. It’s not that big of a deal though because the voice was a very nice surprised the first time I heard it, and I think it’s cool each additional time I hear the voice telling me that it is “Powering on”.

So with Bluetooth, waterproof, rugged, the microphone, and of course the great sound coming out of the speaker I will definitely have to give this speaker two big thumbs up. If you are in the market for a speaker like this, don’t pass it up. I have been jamming out with it for several days now and I still have not had to charge the battery. I am just so impressed with this speaker. Great work 1byOne on this device.

You can purchase a 1byOne Bluetooth/Waterproof/Outdoor Speaker on Amazon US or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

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1byone.com provided St. Louis Dad with this product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Please visit 1byone.com for more awesome products that can help make your life better!