First Turkey Smoke/Fry

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by johnm160, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. johnm160

    johnm160 Fire Starter

    Things are looking good after an hour and a half in the smoker.

    Got another going in the fryer later.....[​IMG]
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  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great start! Looking forward to more Q-view!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  3. johnm160

    johnm160 Fire Starter

    Ok actually just shy of the 2 hour mark and the breast is already at 156, thigh is at 149..... it is an 11 1/2 lb bird. Is that possible [​IMG]

    I have had the smoker cranked up to about 350 to 370 ish depending on which thermo you believe.

    Thanks

    John
     
  4. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those temps are possible considering the smoker temps you listed for that size bird.

    Enjoy the day!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  5. johnm160

    johnm160 Fire Starter

    Pulled it out at about 2 hrs and 15 minutes. I had lowered the temp in the smoker a bit and tented the breast. Final temps as I measured are 166 breast and about 172 in the thigh. I am not use to the built in thermo not poping but they are probably still set to the old higher temps I guess. Will reheat the bird abit when we get to the inlaws.

    One bird down, next is the one that is going in the fryer but that is getting done when I get to their house. 18 lb bird I am estimating at about 65 - 70 minutes at 3.5 per lb.

    These birds were brined for about 10 - 11 hours. I cant wait to taste them!!
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  6. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome color on that bird!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  7. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Most definitly possible. A #11 1/2 bird will take between 3 - 3 3/4 hrs at
    325*, and you had it at a higher temp!


    Those "pop out thingies" are set to go at 180*...Too high for me! By that time, the breast gets dry.

    Bird looks great! Hope the fryer turns out just as well! [​IMG]
     
  8. johnm160

    johnm160 Fire Starter

    Thanks gang.

    Hope everyone is having a great Turkey Day.

    I will post pics of the fryer later tonight when I get back home.
     
  9. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Real nice looking bird John! Great job! Congrats on a great Turkey day!
     
  10. johnm160

    johnm160 Fire Starter

    Thanks Debi,

    Here is a pic of the second bird after it came out of the fryer.

    Both birds were very good, but the fried one seemed to be the favorite.
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  11. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Just curious John side by side which did you prefer? They both looks terific! [​IMG]
     
  12. johnm160

    johnm160 Fire Starter

    Debi,

    The fried was the chosen one by all, the smoked was very good, but the fried was just a bit better.

    John
     

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