Whole Turkey on MES30

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tlcase, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Every year in late October/Early November one of the local grocery chains runs a deal where if you buy a Cure 81 ham you get a turkey for free. I've had this Honeysuckle White bird in my deep freeze since last year and decided I better get it used (especialy since I just took andvantage of the same deal this year and don't have room for two turkeys and a ham in the freezer).

    After thawing in the fridge, I mixed up a couple gallons of  slaughterhouse brine with some extra creole seasoning.


    The bird went in an oven bag with the brine for not quite 24 hours.


    After removing from the brine and rinsing, I rubbed some EVOO and Tony Cachere's Creole seasoning under the skin on the breasts and all over the rest of the bird. I put it in a 250 degree MES with plain water in the pan and apple chips for smoke. Here it is after an hour and a half and she's at 106 degrees. More Q-View to come...............

  2. nice looking bird.. what temp are you going to go up to.. 
  3. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    My folks and brother are coming over for supper so I'm going to play this one by ear. As of now I think it's going to be done way before they get here so I'm thinking I'll take it to 165 and foil/towels/cooler it until they get here.
  4. smokinal

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

    We love Tony C's. I bet that bird is gonna taste awesome!
  5. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks awesome!! Can't wait for the finsihed pics!!!
  6. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Got busy and didn't get as much Q-View as I'd hoped but this was a very successful smoke! At a little over three hours the turkey was at 160 degrees and smelled like heaven.


    Like I expected, I hit 170 a good hour before my guests were to arrive so I pulled the bird, wrapped in foil and towels and put it in a cooler. The IT rose to 173 before slowly falling back to 164 where I actually carved it. None of us are skin eaters so I wasn't worried about crisp skin. The turkey had a very good smoke flavor and some nice spice on the breast meat where I had rubbed it with Tony C's. I could have used a bit more of that flavor so next time I'll add more to the brine and maybe inject it a bit as well. No plate view but we had green bean caserole and fresh baked dinner rolls along with a killer apple/pear crisp my wife whipped up with vanilla ice cream and carmel sauce on top. It was a fantastic meal and I'm really looking forward to some bacon turkey club sammies on texas toast for supper tomorrow night.


    I learned that if I'm going to use my MES without an AMZPS I only need to add a pinch of chips at a time to get the right amount of smoke rolling. Anymore and I get some white smoke for a few minutes before it settles down. I'm still planning to order one soon but I've got to pay the bill from having my sewer line dug up and replaced first.
  7. tjohnson

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

    That turkey looks perfect!!

    I love smoked turkey, and usually inject one breast with garlic butter

    Great Job!

  8. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow that looks great!!  
  9. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      It looks awesome! Going to try it myself soon.What size bird did you use?

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011
  10. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Looks awesome! Turkey fever is in the air! Do you rememberhow much the turkey weighed?
  11. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    It was right at 12 pounds. I usually don't care much for turkey. This completely changed my view of the grande yardbird. I'm not going to let the 12 pounder I bought this week sit in the freezer very long....that's for sure.
  12. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    Tonight's leftovers deserve a little Q-View love too.....Smoked Turkey, Bacon, Cheddar Club on Texas Toast!


    And I just ordered an AMNPS from Todd today and picked up 18lbs of Boston Butts in prep for having Veterans Day off Friday. What works best for pulled pork....pecan or apple....or mixed?

  13. daddywoofdawg

    daddywoofdawg Newbie

    Apple for pork
  14. Pecan is great on pork too.
  15. Wow, that turkey looks perfect.

    Always love a good turkey, but at 12 lbs there wouldn't be any for leftovers... lol.

    Happy Smokin'

  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Your turkey looks awesome but I have to say that the best is the Turkey Sandwich looks even better to me right now. I have smoked a turkey and then made a sammie and then put it back into the refrig.
  17. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks awesome.
  18. uhmgood

    uhmgood Smoke Blower

    looks great , what was the total cook time ?
  19. tlcase

    tlcase Smoke Blower

    It took 4 hours start to finish to get to 170.
  20. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Love it! Great job on that bird..! I agree with mballi I think leftovers are almost better then the actual meal! That apple/ pear crisp sounds amazing as well! Happy Smoking, Smokin - K

    P.S. I made some cranberry pepper jelly in anticipation of a smoked turkey and some of my own Thanksgiving leftovers. Let me know if you want the recipe.. Super easy to make!

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