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post #1 of 15
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Well I just had to post my version of smoked turkey for this thanksgiving 

(I will go ahead and state now that i didnt use a brine but intend to next time!)


The turkey was rubbed with a salt and pepper blend (blended to taste) and butter was used to hold the rub as well as lemon juice.

The squeezed lemons were also put inside the bird for added flavor.


once the smoker was fired up to a consistent 225 degrees you can go ahead and insert your "beer boat", which is a empty beer can cut into a boat and stuck into the turkey (for added flavor and moisture). Now the bird is ready to smoke, (i used a pecan,mesquite mix and cooked for roughly 30 min per pound, but temp gauge is the best method!)(165*) every half hour the bird was sprayed with my holiday mop (posted in separate thread) and when beer boat starts running out of beer, just add a little more id desired. here's the results I had.


Goin in....

bird 1.jpg



Starting to get the carmel hue

bird 2.jpg


bird 3.jpg


bird 4.jpg




Getting closer...






Skin is near perfection..

bird 8.jpg


complete and ready to reast



Couldnt resist a little taste he he

smoked turkey.jpg



Thank you for looking and comments or tips are more than welcome. the last of the mop was added onto the bird as it was resting, resulting in the liquids around it in the final picture.



post #2 of 15


post #3 of 15

Wow it looks amazing nice color

post #4 of 15

Love it ,colour is outstanding.

post #5 of 15

Looks delicious!


Love the color!

post #6 of 15

Looks great Owl......................icon14.gif I only have one comment,,,,,, There was room for another bird..............biggrin.gif



post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

lol i couldnt agree more and the bird was gone so fast! just got too used to people eating that dried out oven bird i guess

post #8 of 15

Great color on that bird for sure!

post #9 of 15

That bird is a show piece. Should have never eaten that.

Should have made a shadow box big enough for it and put it on display. 


Really nice lookin bird there.


Happy Smokin'




post #10 of 15

Looks great!  Your mop intrigues me, really put a nice color on that finished bird.  I'll have to give that recipe a try.  Thanks for posting! icon14.gif

post #11 of 15

Great looking color on that bird! I am sure they sucked that thing down in no time. Same at my house with those folks used to dry oven roasted bird. I can certainly tell you that the 24 hour brining deal makes a huge difference as well as letting it rest for a good long time.

post #12 of 15

yum yum

post #13 of 15

Great job Tanner



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post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. hearing praise and hearing the family complain that they ate it all makes me beam from ear to ear biggrin.gif

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