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Live! 3/23 - First Turkey Smoke

post #1 of 22
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My aunt gave me a 12lb turkey she's had in the freezer since last Thanksgiving. Figured it would make for a nice first turkey smoke! Gonna need some practice before I make one for the family, possibly for Easter.

Thawed the bird out in a bucket of water for 6+ hours, and then brined it overnight using most of Jeff's brine recipe off his website (all the ingredients that I had). Rinsed it, dried it, and rubbed some olive oil all over. Popped it in the smoker at noon EST. Apple wood chunks with some cherry chips to fill the gaps. Smoker is around 250°F, and turkey is at 50°F after the first half hour. My camera batteries are charging, so no pictures till later.

Read some differing opinions on cooking temps - some say 325° because turkey doesn't need the "low & slow" temps & others, including TulsaJeff, recommend 225°-250°. Gonna bring the smoker up to 275° and see how it goes. Practice makes perfect...
post #2 of 22
SmokeEater, remember the new internal temp is now 165° for turkey, but check inner most thigh too! Ya don’t want to dry it out! icon_wink.gif
post #3 of 22
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Detailed Local Forecast
Today: Cloudy. High 58F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low near 35F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

PDT_Armataz_01_23.gif IT JUST STARTED RAINING!!! Hopefully it's just a quick passing shower. I've never smoked in the rain. I see my smoker temp has fallen almost 15°F in two minutes. No problem!
post #4 of 22
WHAT? PDT_Armataz_01_23.gifPDT_Armataz_01_23.gif No pics now??????? Ya big tease.icon_mrgreen.gificon_mrgreen.gif
post #5 of 22
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Coming out of the smoker at 165°

post #6 of 22
thats a good looking bird..
post #7 of 22
Looks great Curt - we don't let a little rain stop us do we?

post #8 of 22
WooHoo! Dat’s What I’m Talkin’ Bout! icon_eek.gifPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

Thanx for the leg!
post #9 of 22
B E A U T I F U L!!!!! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gifPDT_Armataz_01_34.gifPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #10 of 22
NICEY NICE.Really looks good.I have a turkey breast and two whole chickens thawing for tomorrows smoke.Come rain or shine makes no difference to me.
post #11 of 22
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More pics...

Guess I got really lucky on my first attempt at smoking a turkey. It was moist & juicy and had a nice smoke flavor. The smoke ring, especially on the drumstick I just devoured, was pronounced. Next time, I'm going to try all cherry smoke!

post #12 of 22
cherry or apple is my favorite for birds
post #13 of 22
Nuff said!!!!
post #14 of 22
Two thanksgivings ago we had smoked turkey at my dad's. My step-uncle (Dad's wife's brother!) smoked it indirectly on a little Weber, and it came out great. The part I found interesting, was that he smoked it most of the way breast down. The reasoning was to have the juices continually marinade the breast meat, and I must say that it was juicy as hell!

How juicy was the bird you did? How was the breast meat?
post #15 of 22
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I mostly had dark meat, but my g/f said it was probably the juiciest turket breast she has ever had!
post #16 of 22
Looks really great....PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif .Where did you measure the 165*..
breast or thigh?
post #17 of 22
Nice looking bird SmokeEater.
post #18 of 22
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Breast PDT_Armataz_01_06.gif
post #19 of 22
Did ya pop those dark meat oysters out the hip sockets? That’s the best meat on the whole turkey! icon_rolleyes.gif
post #20 of 22
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PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Of course! I got every piece of meat off that carcass that I could find!
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