I decided to try the Apple brine recipie and do a 12lb turkey. The bird soaked in the brine for 25 hrs. One thing I forgot to do was rinse the bird off with water when I took it out of the brine. I dryed it off with paper towels and it sat in the fridge on a pan overnight. The conditions here in Fargo,ND are 31 degrees and a heavy snow!!!. There was a winter/spring storm that swooped in, interesting weather for April 6th. I am having a little trouble keeping the heat up where I thought it would be. Maybe it is because of the weather. I am about 35 min. into the smoke and I am holding a temp of 325 with all 3 vents 100% open as well as the top vent. I started off with two chimnys of hot coals. Also I am not using water in the pan, I just tin foiled it to catch drippings. Does this sound about right? Also will I have any issues with the fact I didn't rinse the bird off when I took it out of the brine? The brine recipie was 2 quarts apple juice, cup of salt, 1 lb of brown sugar, 3 quarts water, 6 cloves garlic, 3 oranges....
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4/6/08 at 3:15pm