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My turkey I did today...

post #1 of 11
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I woke up at 0400 and started a fire in my firebox. It was 35°, with a windchill of 28° outside. I decided to get the smoker to 300°, so I could get a crispy skin. I got a charcoal chimney full of Kingsford briquettes going, and dumped them in the firebox. I then placed 3 smallish-medium liveoak logs in the firebox, along with 2 mesquite chunks. I placed my turkey in the smoker, breast side down. The smoke is going good, I put in another mesquite chunk, and I go into the house to get a can of Dr Pepper. I come back out, and the thermos on the smoker door are reading 400°! I was like, "Crap!". I opened the door for a bit to let out some heat, and then it happened: Some grease in the bottom of the smoker lit up like hell. So I shut the door and run to the kitchen and get my aluminum roasting pan I planned on putting the turkey in after i carved it up. I run outside and place the bird in it, breast side down. I then run back inside and get a fire extinguisher and put out the fire in the smoker. It will not stay out, so I blast the fire I got going to.
I put the bird in the oven, set at 250°, with my melted butter and Jeff's rub (I had in a bowl for basting) poured into the pan. It was in the smoke for about 3 hours altogether. It had a nice crispy skin, good smoke flavor, and had a nice smoke ring. It was juicy too. I didn't brine it, as I read on here that, as it was a butterball with the solution in it, it didn't need it. It tasted excellent, so said my wife- and she doesn't really like turkey. Here's a couple of pics she took just before I carved it up.
post #2 of 11
Good save Chris, look great. Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving.
post #3 of 11
Yikes! Glad you didn't get hurt and you managed to save the bird! Good for you! Boy that was one hard fought for Thanksgiving turkey!

Very nice lookng bird hon! Congrats on the bird and saving the house! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #4 of 11
Glad to hear everything turned out well.
post #5 of 11
Nice save bro icon_mrgreen.gif
Time to clean the smoker i guess!PDT_Armataz_01_20.gif
post #6 of 11
Good save pilgrim ...
post #7 of 11
Man, my old R2D2 Brinkman charcoal model hit 400º today also PDT_Armataz_01_08.gif
No fire though. Chris, you left that bird on just the right amount of time, alittle longer and it would have been VERY crispy. icon_mrgreen.gif
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, y'all. It was a very good day. I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving too. I meant I blasted the fire again, and then used the rest of the extinguisher on the fire in the firebox. I used the whole extinguisher altogether.
Yeah, I guess it is time to do a good cleaning and re-season of the pit. I think I also need to hurry up and get my butt in gear and finish the other one I have been working on (or, not working on so much because it is very hot in my garage).

It has been sleeting here for a few hours, off and on- mostly on.
post #9 of 11
Sound like quite an adventure!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #10 of 11
AwwwRight! Now THERE'S a smoke that'll be remembered to your grandkids!

Glad everything was OK, and the smoker got a good cleaning...heh. Suppose you'll have to powerwash it out at the car wash tho..lotta soot/ash?
post #11 of 11
Looks good chris!
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