4th of July turkey suggestions?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by salsashark, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    I got volunteered to help with our 4th of July BBQ... My buddy's making a brisket and a pork shoulder, I volunteered to make a turkey and a batch of ABTs.

    I was wondering if anyone has any creative suggestions for seasonings for the bird? I'm planning a brine, then rubbing it before it goes into the smoke, I'm just looking for something special and have been creatively impaired this year.

  2. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    That does sound good.... now I'm thinking a sweet n spicy kind of thing. Take the honey butter and mix in some spice... hmmmmmmm
  4. bmudd14474

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

    you can inject it to add some depth of flavor.
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Check out Shooter Rick's "World Famous" Snakebitten Chicken rub. He's also got the recipie for an injection here...

    Also, look at how FireitUp did a brine with it for several different poultry things. It all looks great, here...

    I've seen dozens of posts about Shooter Rick's stuff and not a one of them had a single bad thing to say about it. I'd give this stuff a shot. If not for this turkey, sometime soon.

    Good luck and let us know what you decide. And oh yeah, take some pictures!
  6. countrysmoked

    countrysmoked Smoke Blower

    Sounds like you are on a good track, you could try a beer n butter injection or some kind of spicy injection and rub with a sweet brine. I usually just inject mine with the brine I soak it in and rub with veg oil before smoking. Looks like you have a good start on this bird, let us know how it turns out and don't forget the Q-View.
  7. planeguy

    planeguy Smoke Blower

    I am sure you could try this for smoking a turkey.

    I usually deep fry 2 turkey's for Thanksgiving and use a rub :
    2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoon black pepper
    2 teaspoon chili powder
    2 teaspoon garlic powder
    2 teaspoon onion powder
    2 teaspoon dried thyme
    2 teaspoon sugar
    4 teaspoons paprika

    (Measurements are for my smoked chicken, up the receipe for a turkey)

    Then I inject the turkey with
    1 can of College Inn chicken broth
    2 tablespoons of garlic powder or 2 ounces of garlic oil
    1 tablespoon salt
    4 tablespoons of favorite hot sauce
    1 teaspoon cayenne
    3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

    Mix really well to disolve garlic powder & salt.
  8. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Can't say enough about ShooterRick's Copperhead Snake Bite Poultry Rub. Good stuff and definitely a must try item for anyone. Not just for poultry either. I've used it on salmon, pork sausage and pork chops and it does wonders there too.
  9. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    Thanks for all the suggestions... I think I'm going with a little bit of all of the above.

    I'm going for a "Bee Sting" Turkey! A little bit hot, a little bit sweet... should be good. I'll post up everything when I get rolling. Oh, and with the QView of course!
  10. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    OK... It's been a bit crazy since the 4th, but I finally got some time to respond.

    So I ended up doing 2 birds
    1. Cajun brine, the a good coat of cajun seasoning w/ a little extra cayenne thrown in for good measure, then mopped w/ a honey butter glaze during smoking.

    2. Citrus brine, covered in a generous amount of lemon pepper, then spritzed w/ OJ & Jim Beam during the smoke

    Here's how it went down...

    The victims:

    After several hours:

    Prepped for surgery:

    Citrus on the left, Honey butter cajun on the right:
  11. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    And since I had all that heat in the smoker... wouldn't want it to go to waste!


    Packed up and ready to go:

    Oh, and not even ten minutes after pulling the ABTs... I guess I won't have to worry about letting the smoker cool down!
  12. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter


    I did all of this on Friday for a Saturday Q.

    When I got to my friend's house, I used his grill to warm everything up. When I pulled the first tray of ABTs, you'd thought I'd just chummed the waters! The sharks circled and the feeding frenzy was on!

    Not a single ABT and only about a 1/2Lb of turkey made it through the Q! Was a great BBQ.
  13. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congratulations! Welcome to the club of popular feeders [​IMG]

    Once you have done a smoked turkey and some ABT's word will get out and you will be doing a lot more feeding, my friend~ [​IMG]
  14. salsashark

    salsashark Fire Starter

    Too late for that... :)

    I think I single handedly forced my local grocer to start ordering more jalapenos!

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