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First Smoked Turkey + Qview

post #1 of 13
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First smoked bird.  I followed some of the recipe ideas from the fine folks at Smoking Meat Forums, thanks!  I used my 18 inch WSM, regular Kingsford, a gallon of water in the bowl & small amount of hickory, did not brine.  Weather was 39F & breezy at the start, dropped into the 20s F + 20mph winds by the time we were done.


While the charcoal was starting up I melted butter, honey, garlic powder & onion powder for injecting.

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Prepping the 14 pounder.

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Butter honey mix for injection.

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First pound of bacon.

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First bacon came off after about an hour.  Second pound going on.

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Looking good.

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Second pound of bacon coming off.

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Finished at a little over 4 hours.

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 I have some pics of the carving, but they're all blurry because the camera was froze up.


The bird turned out really well, moist, tasty & not too smokey.




Thanks for viewing, I look forward to your comments/ suggestions.

post #2 of 13

Thats different. Looks like it turned out good. Did the bacon flavor the bird or what?

post #3 of 13

Bacon wrapped turkey, mmm, I may have to try that. It looks mighty tasty!

post #4 of 13

Oh man I wish you had a sliced shot of that. What was the theory behind adding/removing the bacon? Just curious how it turned out with the bacon.

post #5 of 13

I assume the bacon was for self basting? If so, skip the bacon next time and brine the turkey overnight instead. I have done it both ways, and the brine is hands down better, and more moist. Either way that is a fine looking bird tough, and I always like seeing a WSM in action!

post #6 of 13

I did my first turkey this past Thanksgiving as well. I did a bone-in breast using a brine. I agree with JIRodriguez, brining is definitely the way to go. Juiciest bird I ever saw.

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

The bacon was only for moister, it didn't add flavor to the bird...


For those that prefer to brine... I guess you won't have any bacon with your turkey!




PS.  Another idea is to save the drippings (mine contain smoked bacon fat) & add them to the turkey soup that you make the next day!

post #8 of 13

Great Looking Turkey...

post #9 of 13

Great Job ~R,


I love it !!!


Personally I'd love it covered with Bacon.


That way Mrs Bear could eat the Turkey, and I could eat the Bacon!!!


Some of you might know I'm a bit partial to Bacon.




post #10 of 13

man id love a big sammie of that right now!!

post #11 of 13
Originally Posted by realtorterry View Post

man id love a big sammie of that right now!!

Or 3 sammies lol


post #12 of 13

Great job. Looks mighty awesome

post #13 of 13

LOL----Makes you wonder why Turkeys aren't born covered with Bacon, instead of feathers?!?!




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