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Sunday's Turkey

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
I don't like turkey! I would much rather have a steak for Thanksgiving (the only time I eat it), but the family has to have the traditional bird.
After reading about smoking birds here on SMF, I figured I try one.

Bought a 12# turkey

Being that I could feel alot of water in the package, I did bother to brine. Instead I injected w/
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/2 tsp carlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

covered w/ evoo and rubbed w/ Tony CHacheres' Creole seasoning

Smoked at 300 degrees breast side down w/ hickory and sprayed w/ more of my injection every 30-45mins.

Pulled it out when the little plastic button pop out (thermo was just for reference).

Placed in an alum tray, covered w/ alum foil. and wrapped up w a moving blanket for an hour.
Hands down, the best tasting and juiciest turkey I've ever eaten!!eek.gif

Now I'm gonna have to buy another smoker when I go to Florida for Thanksgiving to visit Mom & Sis and I'm cookin the bird!!!

If ya haven't done one yet....ya gotta try one!!!biggrin.gif
post #2 of 36
Nice lookin bird Gene. How was the taste, kinda spicy? I love cajun turkey I may have to inject one and give it a try. You done good.....Real good. :) PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #3 of 36
good looking bird there gene I have to agree with ya liking smoked turkeys that and deep frying them is the only way I like them
post #4 of 36
Looks great Gene, nice job!! Where in Florida are you going to be, if you're close by you can borrow mine. smile.gif
post #5 of 36
Good looking Turkey there!! Made me hungry PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif
post #6 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys!!

Smoking gun - Forgot ta say that I also put some rub between the skin and breast. It wasn't real spicy....but I went kinda light w/ the rub. Boy it wasn't bland though either...nice and smokey too!!!biggrin.gif

ck311 - My aunt wants me ta try deep frying one....think I'll prep the same way. That way I'll be able to judge the difference better.

Solar - I'll be in Safety Harbor. My 12 year-old nephew lives for ribs....If I borrow yours, I'm afraid he won't let ya have it back!!! LOL

Vlap - I couldn't believe how good turkey could be!
post #7 of 36
Gene, Safety Harbor is only about 30 minutes away from me depending on traffic. You're more than welcome to borrow my smoker or my Weber kettle, I've done a few turkeys on the Weber and they came out great. Or you could come over the day before Thanksgiving, throw your turkey on the smoker and have a couple beers. Let me know. smile.gif

I can tell you that a smoked turkey is as good or better than a deep fried turkey. The nice thing about deep frying is that it cooks quickly, but you end up with a lot of used oil you have to deal with, and peanut oil is pricey.
post #8 of 36
I'm getting about ready to smoke a "practice" bird for turkey day. I hope mine turns out as good as yours....Nice Work!!
post #9 of 36
Man thats a good looking TurkeyPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

done a lot of chicken,maybe its time to try a Turkey.
post #10 of 36
Gene, that looks great!! Love the color too.cool.gifPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 36
Looks great Gene PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif Kinda makes ya re-think the whole turkey is only for the holidays thing doesn't itbiggrin.gif
post #12 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks Solar...we'll be chattin !!

EZ - It was pretty easy....I think the breast down made a big difference.

Brands - Go for it...just a big chicken LOL

cowgirl - I was amazed at how well it turned out!!!

Piney - Usually I have ta have a sauce dish full of horseraddish to smother on turkey. Now I'd think nothing of eatin more poultry!! Good stuff smoked!!
post #13 of 36
That looks tastey. I'm smokin a bird for turkey day this year too. Probably gonna go the creole route as well.

post #14 of 36
Great lookin' Q, that's one pretty big bird.
post #15 of 36
Looks great!!! Anyway you could cook it at home and take it as a carry on? You could just reheat it down there. You wouldn't have to take it whole, you could slice it at home and take it that way.
post #16 of 36
Thread Starter 
LOL!!! How long do ya think it would take to eat it....3 hr flight?? could just see myself walkin off w/ empty container!!
post #17 of 36
Great bird right there PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #18 of 36
Good luck getting that through airport security. PDT_Armataz_01_18.gif
post #19 of 36
Gene, if you are really planning on smoking a turkey or meal for that trip, I am in Safety Harbor too. We could easily work something out.

You said you like Horseradish. try this:

One heavily smoked turkey breast chop or dice (depending on texture preference) in a food processor, then add one stick of celery, about 1/4 vidalia onion (dice in processor), then add half horseradish and half light mayo to get the right chicken salad-like consistency. a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Then if you like fennel seed (I love it), add a teaspoon.

Serve on crackers with a nice HR cheese or on a sandwich.

We love this recipe. Make it a lot.
post #20 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the offer!!
Oh....I got leftovers.....Tryin that....Sounds like my kinda tv munchies....will be makin that this week!!!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

Thanks...& yes - I Love horseradish!!!
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