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Turkey going in soon. Smoker coming up to temp - QVIEW added

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Cruised the meat section yesterday even though I wasn't shopping for meat. Found a fresh (never frozen) 12 pound turkey marked down to 69 cents a pound. Around here that means I got a $20 turkey for under $10. The "catch" was it had to be frozen or used by today.


So.... ok!


I did not brine this one. No water in the pan, but a couple of foil-wrapped bricks in there to absorb the shock of sticking a cold bird in the smoker.


Rubbed garlic and sage butter under the skin and on the outside and shoved a cut up lemon and apple where the sun don't shine. Will be smoking with apple. Turkey is in a foil pan sitting on a bed of potatoes, carrots and onions. This one is going hot and fast. 350 to 375. I've cooked 'em hotter, but I still get good smoke flavor if I keep it down to this range. And I still get the crispy skin. I recently did a chicken at 375 and the skin was crunchy like a potato chip but not burnt at all. Just a nice mahogany brown. We shall see.


My wife calls these "quick and dirty" smokes because there's not a lot of prep and you're not waiting 16 or 18 hours (or more) for a pork butt. hehehe


Not sure where the "dirty" part comes from... maybe cause I use a lot of dishes? (I'm anal about contamination... I get several clean dishes and trays out just in case I need to use them. Don't want to be rummaging through dishes with fresh chicken juices on my hands)


Not even gonna probe it for about 2 hours.


We shall see what we shall see. :)

Edited by yardbird - 6/12/13 at 12:08pm
post #2 of 7

popcorn.gif  good find....turkey "out of season" (not Turkey Day) are a bit pricey around here. Can't wait to see!



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yeah I snagged 6 extra turkeys at thanksgiving when I could get 12 to 14 pounders for about $5, but we had a freezer malfunction and I lost 3 of them (along with several other big cuts of beef and pork) so.... not too happy about THAT adventure. I did donate as many as I kept though, so SOMEBODY had turkey.... just wasn't me! :) (kept 3, donated 3).


Just came in from cutting the lawn. Had to walk past that smoker several times. It was hard not to slip and fall in my own drool. hehehe

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Out of the smoker at 3pm. So this was 3 hours start to finish.


Smoker temp ran 340 to 350. Into foil, towels, cooler for at least an hour as my wife's not even home from work yet. :)

13 pound fresh turkey.

When I open it up I'll try to remember to add more pics heheheh... if I can keep from drooling on the camera.

post #5 of 7

gorgeous color!  Yummmmy!



post #6 of 7

That is a fine looking turkey! Congratulations.



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