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A Denver Deli Owner Is Making His Own Weed-Smoked Turkey

No, it doesn't get you high.

by Brian Moylan
27 January 2017, 8:54pm

Smoked turkey, a staple of the deli aisle, is usually made by allowing the smoke of hickory, mesquite, or apple wood chips to aid in cooking the large bird. But one deli owner in downtown Denver has successfully fulfilled a stoner's Thanksgiving fantasy by basically hot boxing a turkey and creating his own marijuana-smoked piece of meat, local NBC affiliate WKYC reports.

However, the meat of the appropriately titled Mile High sandwich at Cook's Fresh Market probably won't get you stoned like some gourmet edible from a dispensary. Instead of using marijuana buds, owner Ed Janos says he used a bunch of stems from the plant, which don't carry THC.

"I was really surprised," Janos told WKYC of the final product. "It didn't smell like marijuana burning. It had a sweet aroma, like a cherry wood, and it was absolutely delicious." He added, "I tasted a couple of slices and didn't feel anything."

For those with their own stash of sticky stems at home who want to recreate the recipe, Janos prepped the bird by first brining it with sugar, salt, and spices, then letting it sit for three days. The smoking process then took about six hours at a low temperature.

"Some people are afraid to try it," Janos said of his creation. "Some people are like, 'Wow, this is really good.' So it's—people are kind of surprised, and they're talking about it."

If you want to try Janos's speciality product, you better get a plane ticket to Denver now because he's only keeping the Mile High sandwich on the menu while the first batch of meat lasts. But don't worry, he told WKYC he doesn't think his smoking process is illegal—Colorado only grants marijuana licenses to specific types of retailers—so he might keep making his delicious, revolutionary meat, provided the cops don't have a problem with it.