Oh look.... another Turkey thread! LOL (UPDATES!)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jirodriguez, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Started the turkey last night. Mixed up a double batch of Tips Slaughterhouse brine (with a few tweaks of my own [​IMG]). Placed the turkey into a 28 Quart cooler with the brine and some ice.... went to bed.

    My additions to the slaughterhouse brine was some poultry seasoning, and 4 apple cinnamon tea bags.

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    Pulled the turkey out of the brine rinsed it off and patted it dry. Then made a mix of partially melted butter, poultry seasoning, and old bay seasoning - that got rubbed both under and on top of the skin. Topped the whole thing off with a light dusting of Tony Chacharros Creole Seasoning.

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    Into the WSM, which is running at a steady 256°, using hickory for 3 hrs. followed by cherry for 3 hrs.

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    .... and the dogs have visions of trimmings and gravy dancing in their heads! LOL

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    Will update in a few hours! Everybody be safe and  have a wonderfull Thanksgiving with lots of family, friends, and good food! [​IMG]

    ..... just snuck out there to dump 2 cups of water into the drip pan and snuck a picture of the bird.... looking good!

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    Wife (Heidi) working on the stuffing (she's saying something about not ending up on the internet... not sure what she's talking about... lol.

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    Yams.... minus icky marshmallows! But still sweetened up for the kids. I now as all fellow YAWYE members to look away as a descibe these: cut up yams, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, butter, garlic powder, kosher salt, ginger powder, and heavy cream! Total callorie count.... somewhere up around "Oh my god!".

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    All 4 of the "kids" eagerly awaiting Turkey!

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    ... speaking of Turkey, here it is at hour #5. Internal temp is 170 in the thigh (gonna go to 180° - I know its a little high, but I hate seeing any pink down at the bone on poultry). Spraying with a mix of rum and martinely's sparkeling cider when I open the smoker for stuff.

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    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Have a good day JR...... Looking good.....   Dave
     
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks Dave! Hope you guys are getting a break from the rain like we are! Tuesday was really, really, rainy here - even by Pacific NW standards... lol.

     
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looking good Johnny!
     
  5. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Oh look.... another turkey reply....LOL... looks great JR...looks like there wont be any leftovers with those two there....

    Joe
     
  6. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Looking good....I like your thermometer holder too..!
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking Great already Johnny!!!!

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  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now it's all over except for the 3 weeks of walking on the treadmill that it will take to walk that plat of food of!

    The shots down to the closing bell:

    The yams were fantastic! (Course whats not to love about butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream! lol)

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    The bird of honor came out really good! Nice flavor from the brine and rubs, but could still taste the turkey and smoke. Meat was moist and super tender.... mmmmmmm!

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    Stuffing - added dried cranberries and pecans this year, will definately be doing that again!

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    Gave the green bean casserole a rest this year. Sauted mushrooms, asparagus, onions, and some garlic in olive oil and butter. Pinch of salt, some fresh ground pepper, splash of heavy cream - and yet one more tasty dish!

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    And it just wouldn't be a SMF Thanksgiving if you didn't make the rest of the family wait while you took a picture! LOL [​IMG]

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    A plate of pure artfull masterpiece, 6 hrs. in the making!

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    Well.... time to make like a bear and hibernate till June or there abouts! Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome color Johnny !!!!

    Plate looks a little empty though!!!  [​IMG]

    I feel like hibernating now too !!!!

    Probably a lot of us do, but we have all those leftovers to consume!!!!

    Bear
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks good JR..... I like the mushroom combo, yummy... I just finished porkin' out so your q-view ain't makin' me hungry.... well maybe a little...    looks like you're holdin' up grace.... Dave
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great looking Chow...JJ
     
  12. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks all! Definately high praise coming from this group of "seasoned" smokers..... lol. Just ate a slice of pumpkin pie.... now I'm full again! I hope Bear doesn't snore to much or we may have to kick him out of the hibernation cave! [​IMG]
     
  13. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking Bird Johnny. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving,Opps,guess you did[​IMG]. Then have a great weekend.

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  14. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Real nice!!!

    I have seen some awesome cooking today here!

    Gobble gobble!!!

      Craig
     
  15. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

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  16. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    loved the comment about making family wait while u took a pic......... that hits home!! lol
     
  17. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nice turkey bird JR and the whole fiest looks great...Nice job and nice family...
     
  18. owlcreeksmoker4

    owlcreeksmoker4 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Nice turkey! and who can go wrong with yams lol. def gonna have to try the asparagus medley as well[​IMG]
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome looking chow Johnny!
     
  20. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great Looking Family Johnny!

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Todd
     

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