Nice looking Bird there , Hotsauce .
I enjoyed the "comparison" cook . Helps hone your skills and gain confidence .
(suggestion): Keep a log of your cooks , a good 'learning curve' -leveler- and a great (idea) record of new techniques or suggestions.
If you have not tried Brining and want more flavors in the 'flesh' , you should. There's a big discussion about Brining v/s not Brining and would do you right to read through some of the "techniques" in the "Search Tool" at the top of each page.
Glad the Family enjoyed your efforts.Keep on keeping on and enjoy your 'Hobby' and satisfying you "Bunch".
A real good post , , and "Kudo's" to the Wife's Cake . Send her recipe in , I like Cake .
Have fun and as always . . .