1st Whole Turkey in my MES 30 with AMNPS & ET732 - Trial Run for Thanksgiving - QVIEW

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by gimmeharmony, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. Hi all!  I have a whole turkey that is 14.34lbs (can't go much bigger in this smoker).  I brined it for about 15 hours, rinsed, put pats of butter under the skin, added aromatics in the cavern (1/2 honey crisp apple, 1/2 red onion, fresh sage, rosemary and thyme), and covered with EVOO and some rub.

    I am smoking breast down - 275 degrees

    Using my brand new Charcoal Gray Maverick ET732 Long Range Wireless Dual 2 Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer.  Gotta say, I already love it!

    Here are some pics!





    Now we wait..........
     
  2. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great cant wait for the final pic keep them coming [​IMG]
     
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Will it get any hotter?
     
  4. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    aw man...making me want to do a turkey in the smoker before i fry one for thanksgiving!
     
  5. Nope - 275 on the MES30 is tops.  Not too concerned about the skin.  I could broil it for skin crispening. 
     
  6. So far - so good!!!!!

    Here is an updated shot.

     
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man looks like you have a handle on it. I tryed 275 on my last bird, I just like 220 for nearly everything. Seemed my breast wasn't as tender but it was the only time I did one at 275 on my MES30 so it could have been the bird. Also at 275 (my bird was fliped over from yours), my skin was crisped.

    Looks like its a winner winner, turkey dinner!

    Excellent research, excellent prep, excellent job, you are going to be happy!

    Grats on a great looking smoke!
     
  8. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great
     
  9. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thats great looking bird. Turkey is always a favorite at this house.   Hope you took a few photos of the finished bird.  b 
     
  10. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I did my first turkey last week and it was great. It looks like you will be doing even better. May I have more Qview, sir?

    Disco
     
  11. The smoke was a HUGE success.  Everyone raved about how well it was.  "Best turkey I've ever had.", was one quote.

    Here is the only picture I got of the finished product.


    A picture of the carnage.


    This really was a tremendous smoke!  It was very easy and now I am armed with everything I need and experience to do this for Thanksgiving!
     
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now all you need for perfection is to invite a Canadian. Allow me to offer my services.

    Disco
     
  13. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    WOW! That looks awesome - your making me hungry.

    What internal temp did you go to?

    Very nice Turkey
     
  14. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job. Save those bones for tortilla soup! B
     
  15. Looks great!  Going through a trial run myself today.  First time doing a turkey.  How long did it take you to get to your internal temp?
     
  16. I went to 165. Took about 7 hrs. It was very windy and cold during my smoke.

    Dang....did not see the heads up on the bones. Thanksgiving Turkey bones will become tortilla soup!
     
  17. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Looks like it came out tasty.     Sure not a fan of taking a bird that long from a food safety perspective.  If you don't have access to a charcoal, propane or stick burner next time and got to do electric try spatchcocking because it'll cut the cooking time down. 
     
  18. The bird was at 140 in just barely over 4 hrs.  The rest of the time was fighting the weather and wind.  Next time I will not run the fan on the chip loader.  That will help the chamber temp.  It was 225ish all day with the elements instead of 275. 
     
  19. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome results. :drool
     
  20. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    dang nab it man that looks GREAT nice job,,,, well done[​IMG]
     

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