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First Turkey, Getting ready for Thanksgiving

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A quick shot of the Turkey we did as a practice Thanksgiving meal. My wife brined the bird for three days. I put a pan below it filled with apple juice, orange peel, carrots, onion, cider vinegar and some other Spices and vegatables. That mixed with the drippings made for some amazing gravy.  Smoked it a little hotter at 275 and rubbed the outside with olive oil, salt and pepper. I also cooked the neck in the water pan until the last half hour. That was one tasty, juicy bird.

 

 

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I think your family is going to have a very good Thanksgiving dinner! Looks beautiful!
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Beautiful bird.....you nailed it. Smoking the turkey also frees up the oven for more goodies.....Willie

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Nice looking bird , and them Necks . .  . can I have them:Looks-Great:

 

 

Have fun and  . . .

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Thank you, when some friends heard I was smoking a bird for myself on Thanksgiving they asked if I could do theirs also, now I am smoking 5-17# Turkey's. And if my dad gets his way we will be having some pulled pork also.
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How many lbs was it and how long did it take?  We are practicing our first Tom today!

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It was a 15# bird and it took a little under six hours. We did not fill the cavity.
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Thanks and perfect, since our bird is 15, too!  I hope ours looks as good as yours.

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