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Just started my turkey

post #1 of 18
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new thread to my questions here

So I did a injection from deejays website w/ some mods. Put in the smoker 15min's ago w/ cherry chips. I put of jeffs rub on one side for a test. I didn't put anything in the cavatity since I wanted a test run to get a taste for a foundation to build from.

My only question at this point is should I spritz it w/ apple juice or baste it w/ butter?

I did not do to much w/ it cuz I am lazy today. just spent a week in vegas. Not sure what i am going to do in between smoker checks since I am not feeling like drinking a lot of beer today after vegas.
post #2 of 18
I would mop with butter, to me it makes the skin more crisp.
post #3 of 18
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I guess i can never go wrong w/ butter. I am having trouble keeping the smoker above 325 today. It is cold for us, 50deg, and windy.
post #4 of 18
I just did some turkey parts yesterday, but we had a balmy 15 degrees above zero, with 5 inches of new snow dropped on us...I didn't think of it till the end, but I sprayed apple juice on mine....seem to keep it a little moister and it browned up nice. I don't think you can go wrong with butter either..Good Luck on your smoke! Don't forget the q-view...
post #5 of 18
I use apple juice inside and out, slice some oranges if you have them and stick them inside then let it dry at the end and spray with EVOO and a last sprinkle of spices.
post #6 of 18
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well just pulled the bird. I will post some picks after the girls are napping. I noticed that when I went to take it out that my temp finally raised past 320-330 up to almost 350. found out it was cuz i had a flareup. i had been watching it and was doing good till the end. I never really had flareups before that were not instantly put out so i hope it will not effect the flavor. It looks good.
post #7 of 18
Hmm what was the meat temp in the breast/thigh? Seems a quick smoke, but it can happen..
post #8 of 18
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breast was 168 when i pulled it. it was a small bird and was not stuffed. 2.5 hrs in the smoker. the first post was not right after I put it in. I butchered the bird but have not sliced up the breast yet but all seems done
post #9 of 18
Congrats on a good smoke - eatting is the rea test - let us know how it was.
post #10 of 18
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w/ pix

Tastes pretty good. Not as smokey as i had thought but I did you cherry instead of my normal hickory. next time i might try just hickory. There is a lot of meat even on my small bird so next time i will not be so skimpy on the spice in my injection. got a good start. I have 11 more months to fine tune this before t-day.
post #11 of 18
Looks DANG good there bro, nice job!!icon_mrgreen.gif
post #12 of 18
I have found also that with the higher cooking temps used on poultry (consequently shorter smoking time) it is hard to get a good smoke flavor. I like to use mesquite for first hour or so, then go to cherry or what have you.
Looks good enough to eat ...
post #13 of 18
Mmmm, That looks really good!! Way to go!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #14 of 18
Great turkey pne! Yeah fastsmokes don't get as smoky with lighter woods. Try a combination or a strong wood and a mild wood. The cherry gives you the great color but mild flavor.
post #15 of 18
Fine Job! I believe I'll pass on some POINTS!
post #16 of 18
Nice looking bird, good job!
post #17 of 18
Looks great, glad it turned out good.
post #18 of 18
That bird looks great indeed! Nice jobPDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
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