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Windy Turkey Smoke

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I've been harping on the ease of smoking with a WSM, but I guess I've never done it in the cold (a relative term in New Orleans) and wind before.  Outside temps in the 40's steady wind in the teens with gusts up to 30.  My plan was to smoke at 325 till the Maverick in the thigh was at 170.  I can't maintain 325 to save my life.  Constant adjusting of the bottom vents to maintain 320 -360, it's a pain.  I am worried that the skin will be black instead of brown from the temp spikes.  It's just a smoked turkey cause I wanted one, no special occasion, so not really a big deal.  I'll post some pics when it's done.  SPOG on a 12 lb turkey.

 

Mike

post #2 of 13
You need a wind block. One of the best methods is to get a roll or Refletix insulation. It is a foil bubble wrap. Form a cylinder around the WSM (2"-3") gap. Use binder clips at the seam. This will block the wind, and it adds some insulation to reflect heat back towards the smoker.

Another option is to use foil faced foam or plywood.
post #3 of 13

Wind drives my offset crazy. The lid is drafty and smoke blows out from every side.  However I can turn it so the wind hits the firebox intake, and it's basically forced-air induction like supercharging.

post #4 of 13
I get to smoke in the corner of the garage as we have to much stuff in it to fit a car.biggrin.gif
Hope it turns out!drool.gif
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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

You need a wind block. One of the best methods is to get a roll or Refletix insulation. It is a foil bubble wrap. Form a cylinder around the WSM (2"-3") gap. Use binder clips at the seam. This will block the wind, and it adds some insulation to reflect heat back towards the smoker.

Another option is to use foil faced foam or plywood.

                                             

 

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Anything just to break the breeze. A table on its side, piece a plywood, a lawn chair on its side, etc....

post #6 of 13
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Thank you guys!  I've read threads that mentioned wind blocks and blankets, but it didn't stick in my brain correctly.  I could easily see myself suggesting that to a smoker struggling in the colder regions and feeling lucky that I don't have to deal with such things.  I blocked the wind with some stuff from the yard and calm was restored!  Turkey is resting after 3.5 hours.  It looks nice!

 

post #7 of 13

On my way!  Great looking bird, lets carve that sucker up!

 

You gonna save some for a gumbo? Goona be like this tomorrow night and chilly too! perfect gumbo weather! Baby Sis just left and stole a 1/2 smoked chicken I was gonna make gumbo with..... Sheesh! Sisters! 

post #8 of 13
Tasty looking bird!

POINTS!!!
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Foamheart View Post
 

On my way!  Great looking bird, lets carve that sucker up!

 

You gonna save some for a gumbo? Goona be like this tomorrow night and chilly too! perfect gumbo weather! Baby Sis just left and stole a 1/2 smoked chicken I was gonna make gumbo with..... Sheesh! Sisters! 

Thanks Kevin!  I've never made a turkey gumbo, care to share a recipe?  My daughter spends weekends with me, I bring her back to her Mom's every Sunday evening with most of the food I've cooked over the weekend.  She loves chicken and sausage gumbo but get this...she can't stand seafood!  I make a killer seafood gumbo with okra, shrimp, crabs, and I throw in chicken and sausage too.  She won't touch it.

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003 View Post

Tasty looking bird!

POINTS!!!

Thanks for the points Case!  I appreciate it.

 

Mike

post #11 of 13
Nice looking bird!
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by mike5051 View Post
 

Thanks Kevin!  I've never made a turkey gumbo, care to share a recipe?  My daughter spends weekends with me, I bring her back to her Mom's every Sunday evening with most of the food I've cooked over the weekend.  She loves chicken and sausage gumbo but get this...she can't stand seafood!  I make a killer seafood gumbo with okra, shrimp, crabs, and I throw in chicken and sausage too.  She won't touch it.

 

Mike

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/145641/gumbo-basics

 

Its a long thread..... I think the smoked turkey gumbo is #91. But I am guessing you really already know how.

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That was a good read Foam!  I've already discarded the carcass as I do with my chickens.  You give me far too much credit for knowing how to make great food.  Your rice cooking instructions have me excited!  I use a "pampered chef" microwave rice cooker. LOL.  I promise to make better use of my carcass's from this point forward.  

 

Mike

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