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My first ever smoke was a turkey...

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I picked up a Charbroil 44 in. Vertical Propane Gas Smoker and decided to do my 1st smoke for July 4th, but Hurricane Arthur’s rains skirted S NH and so I delayed the smoke till the 5th.  The victim of my first ever smoke would be an 18 lb turkey that was injected with creole butter and smoked using peach wood.

 

The weather was a dry 80 degrees and wind gusts of 25-35mph (stupid time to get a cook going).

 

I decided to split the turkey into 2 halves as with the winds, I figured I might have a fighting chance of a balanced cook.

 

I fired up the smoker at 11:15 to get it up to temp, and got the meat in the smoker at 12:05

Here are my numbers from then on:

 

Time

Smoker            temp

Bird temp

12:05

252

40

12:30

300

53

1:00

290

77

1:30

266

90

1:45

293

97

2:00

319

108

2:15

325

15

2:30

321

122

3:00

318

134

3:15

308

140

3:30

305

144

3:45

297

149

4:00

305

153

4:15

312

157

4:30

291

160

4:45

280

162

5:00

299

163

5:10

291

165

 

I covered the bird for 20 minutes, and carved what my wife called the best turkey she ever tasted.

 

 


Edited by Healeydays - 7/5/14 at 4:14pm
post #2 of 5

Looks great....next time give us a sliced shot so we can drool over how juicy it was! LOL

 

Cheers!

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Good point.  Not sure what was causing the more juices, the turkey or my wife drooling.  Seriously, the bird was extra juicy and the peach made for a light sweet smoke.

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Originally Posted by Healeydays View Post
 

Good point.  Not sure what was causing the more juices, the turkey or my wife drooling.  Seriously, the bird was extra juicy and the peach made for a light sweet smoke.

 

LOL

 

Yeah I have read that before...gotta get me some of that peach!

post #5 of 5

Wow! must of read up alot on smoking to do a whole turkey. Did alot of breast and Wife luved em'. Whole turk scared me. Have only done 2 in my experiences and were good. Will do more though. Brine is it!:drool

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