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Grilled Turkey Wings
The process is very simple, simply season the meat with a dry rub, place it on a rimmed baking sheet and cook it in the Convection mode at 200 degrees. Then the meat can be “finished” on a hot grill, or using the Convection Roast mode at 425 degrees.
Timing is the only tricky part. I usually allow between 30 - 40 minutes at low temperatures but these turkey pieces were so large and actually took closer to 50 minutes to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
I used my oven meat probe to monitor the internal temperature of the thigh but you can also check the meat with an instant-read thermometer after 30 minutes to get a sense of the degree of doneness.
2 turkey wings
1 turkey thigh or 2 drumsticks
1 tbsp of your preferred dry BBQ seasoning
Heat the oven in the Convection or Convection Bake mode at 200 degrees.
If you are using a Steam oven use the Low-Temperature Mode or combination Convection Steam Mode at 200 degrees
Lightly oil and season the turkey pieces with some kosher salt and your preferred dry rub a few hours or a day before cooking. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.
Low-temperature cooking is a slow process so in order to determine the degree of doneness of the meat use the oven meat probe if your oven has one, or check the food with an instant-read thermometer. Ideally, aim for an internal temperature 10 degrees below the target temperature you want the meat to achieve because it will continue to cook on the hot grill.
The turkey pieces can be brushed with BBQ sauce during the final phase of high-heat cooking.
Related recipe: Roasting a Turkey in Convection
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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.