Turkey with Q-Views

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mj-air23, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. Well, I stumbled out of bed this morning at 6:30 am to get my 25 lbs. of turkey thighs smoking. I pulled them out of the brine, patted them dry, laid them out on my racks, put a light rub on them, and put them in the smoker. I also am doing a small chicken as well. The weather outside is less than desirable, however, not as cold as they predicted,about 16 degrees ABOVE ZERO...obviously because it is snowing. A storm coming out of the Rockies is moving up and we are on the edge of the heavier snow. Down in Minnesota, they are expecting the brunt of it. I am using maple and some hickory for wood chips. I just checked and everything is doing good, only one thing I noticed on my GOSM, that when the meat is covering the whole rack, I get juices that drip down on bottom of smoker and they run out the seams in the bottom of the smoker down by the legs. It seems to me that they could have put a removable drip pan in these newer units at the bottom of the smoker to catch those juices. Normally, when I smoke a Pork Butt I center the meat in the middle of the rack, and the juices are contained in the water pan. Anybody else experienced this?? Oh well.... I have a few pics of this mornings smoke and I will post finished pictures later today when they are done. The first couple of pics reflect the weather here this morning and the other two show the turkey rubbed and ready to go in smoker. Enjoy!!
  2. seaham358

    seaham358 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Damn!! That's alot of Turkey...

    SNOW [​IMG]

    We might some tomorrow... I love snow but I'm not ready for it.
  3. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    now thats a pile of turkey.... snow..... look forward the finished qview
  4. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    he-he looks like my place ... WHITE [​IMG]
  5. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Brrrrr that looks cold!!

    Can't wait to see your finished turkey mj.......if you have any left over, I call dibs.[​IMG]
  6. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You always get first dibs ...[​IMG]
  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru


    I though I was having a nightmare! All that turkey! [​IMG]

    Good luck on your smoke!
  8. As promised here are the finished q-views of my smoke session today. The turkey thighs turned out okay....the whole chicken smoked really well. I don't think the meat was in the brine long enough. The turkey pieces or the chicken weren't as juicy as I would have liked, but tasted good, nonetheless.. Perhaps next time I will have to inject the meat as well as soak it in the brine. In any case....Enjoy!
  9. ultramag

    ultramag SMF Events Planning Committee

    I really didn't think I could want turkey this soon, but those thighs look great!!! Very nice color and the skin looks quite crispy for a GOSM smoke.

    Way to go mj-air23!!!
  10. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks pretty good
  11. hillbillysmoker

    hillbillysmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great and sounds like you are already perfecting your effort. Congrats.
  12. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    man oh man , those look tasty ...gotta go have some breakfast now [​IMG]
  13. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    It looks like everything turned out great. Congrats on the birds in all that snow.
  14. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    They look great MJ! I had to really look to find the chicken though it almost got lost in a sea of turkey parts!
  15. LOL....Deejay...There is alot of turkey there. I am going to go through and seal up those thighs and have them for a quick meal or cold sandwich. Thanks everyone for the great comments and especially thanks for all the great help everyone on this forum provides. You all make the smoking experience a better one...[​IMG] This is truly a wonderful place...[​IMG]
  16. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well done mj! They look awesome![​IMG]

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