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First Turkey in the MES

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I found a unfrozen turkey at the store this morning, not sure why they had fresh turkey's this time of year but oh well. It is 12.83 lbs. due to the weight and concern with time in the danger zone, I am planning to spatchcock it. Question is spatchcock before or after soaking in brine overnight? Will post Q-view tomorrow.

Mark

post #2 of 12

Here's how I did a fresh one.

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/99200/first-turkey 

 

 Good luck!!

 

 

Don't forget ...we love pictures!!

 

  Craig

post #3 of 12

I would spatchcock it first then brine it.

post #4 of 12

Send us some pix when you get started.


 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Here is my first Q-view. Brined turkey for 18 hours in cranberry juice and salt, rinsed and coated with rub.

 

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Into the smoker at 250F using pecan in the AMNS

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After 3 hours internal temperature is 153 F. Easily made it through the safe zone.

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More pictures to follow

Thanks for looking

Mark

post #6 of 12

Looks good so far!

post #7 of 12

fine looking bird.....love smoking turkeys, they always look so cool.....carcass makes great stock for soups or gumbo

post #8 of 12

Turkey starting to look great Mark...

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

The final pictures:

Out of the smoker after a rest, surprised I didn't notice it was missing a leg when I put it in the smoker.

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Cant' wait until dinner

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Thanks again for the help and such a great site.

Mark

post #10 of 12

Good looking turkey, I also like the stand you have for the smoker, where did you find that?  The old back doesn't like bending over much anymore. 

post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks Joe.

I can't take credit for the cart I believe it was Pignit that originally came up with it. Here is a link with the info:

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/73761/cart-modification-for-mes-nice

He posted the info on 2/19/2009 but the cart is still available at Sam's Club as I bought mine 2 weeks ago.

Mark

post #12 of 12

Thanks Mark.  I need one.

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