The trick is to smoke the meat and not make the meat smoke


  Date: September 10, 2016
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I was looking for another vegetable to accompany the SAGE CRUSTED TURKEY TENDERLOINS I was making this day. I found a suitable recipe on the Weber website which I could grill up in the 10 minute rest time for the turkey. The carrots were parboiled for 6 minutes and then rinsed under cold water to stop further cooking. There was a butter sauce that was brushed on the carrots before they were grilled and again when the carrots came off the grill. The grill was setup for direct grilling and preheated to 450 degrees. I placed the carrots in a wire mesh grill basket which would allow me to turn them in one move and minimize the lid up time required if I was to turn the carrots individually.I grilled the carrots for 4 minutes per side until they had some grill marks on them. I took them back into the Kitchen, removed them from the wire mesh grill basket and brushed them with the remaining butter sauce. Then I plated them and sprinkled them with cilantro. The carrots were tender, sweet tasting and the perfect accompaniment for the turkey and red potatoes. This is a great recipe if you are looking for a quick veggie side dish, My guests seemed to like this as much as the main dish.
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Low Sodium Diet Changes:
As of July 2016 I need to be on a very low sodium diet. Six days a week I am limited to 1,000 mg. of sodium and on Saturdays I am allowed to have 1,500 mg. I have been learning how to adapt certain recipes to make them very low sodium. I also need to watch my intake of potassium chloride which is used in some salt substitutes to replace sodium chloride. I figured for anyone else trying to watch their sodium intake, I would describe some of the changes I made, together with any comments about the relative success or failure of the tweaks I made. Those of you who can handle more sodium can certainly make the recipe as originally written.
Big Picture: I wanted to do a grilled veggie dish to go with the turkey and potatoes I was also making this day. Grilled carrots seemed to be a perfect choice and this recipe simply needed to have the salt removed to get it to be almost no sodium.


  • I used Mrs. Dash Table Blend in lieu of table salt to season the butter sauce.
  • I used Mrs. Dash Table Blend in lieu of table salt to season the carrots at the table. But I found it didn’t need it.

Comments: These grilled carrots were excellent They passed my new test for the success of a modified recipe: It did not seem bland and had lots of flavor plus I never felt like they were missing flavor due to the use of a salt substitute.
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Direct Grilled:

Using the Big Green Egg Kamado Cooker.
  • Weber Flexible Fish Basket
  • Leather Welder's Gloves
  • Stump Chunks Fire Starters
  • Rockwood Lump Charcoal