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First Turkey on the New MES

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Here is the first turkey done in the new MES.

The Outer skin was coated in olive oil and then with Salt, Pepper, and Cavendars
Seasoning, under breast skin we appied butter and Cavendars those were the only
seasonings used. For the smoke we used Apple wood chips.

The turkey was pulled from the smoker at 180º. It turned out extremely juicy and tasty if
I do say so myself (and I do). The next time I plan on trying some different rub to see
which I like best.

My Next Project will be a Bone In Ham Butt. Coming In A Post Near You Soon...icon_mrgreen.gif

Thanks for looking...
post #2 of 17

Nice bird

Great job, nice lookin bird points.gif
post #3 of 17
Look's great ! I've got some questions for you :
which MES do you have ?
What temp were you cooking at ?
About how long did it take ?
Did you notice if your wood chips turned to ash or did they just turn Black ?
I guess that's all the questions I've got . I've got the 30 " MES and I've done plenty of turkeys in mine . I think every one I have done I have brined . I set mine to 275 and let it cook . At that temp my wood chips are usually ash but much lower than that and they just usually get very charred . I hope you liked your tukey . I'll say it again that it looks great !
post #4 of 17
Yes sir there Paul you are getting that smoker down pat. You have gotten that turkey to stand up and scream EAT ME to anyone that is anywhere close to it. It looks fabulous.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have the New 1200 Watt Unit.
Cooked @ 275º for about 4 hrs.
I used Apple Wood Chips and they turned to ash and hardly any ash left.

The turkey is great, we are cooking a bunch of different things just to learn the smoker's traits, most goes into the freezer for later consumption. Tomorrow I am going to do a Bone In Ham Butt.

I am loving this smoker...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #6 of 17
I just did a fresh bone-in ham butt for Easter, and it came out tasty but kind of dry. If it's a fresh, uncooked one, you may want to consider injecting it.

The turkey looks great! I can't wait to try one in my MES.
post #7 of 17
Hey Paul!

Glad to see your jumping right in!

Ain't that thing the greatest!?!?!


No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #8 of 17
That is one pretty turkey! I saw your first MES ribs and they looked great too. Congrats!

I thought it was funny that you said you brought it up to 180 internal (only need 165 unless you like it cooked higher ) and that little pop-up thermometer thingy still didn't look like it had popped out. Gotta' love a good old fashioned (actually, I like the newer fan-dangled ones) thermometer to check temps lol.
post #9 of 17
Well gosh darn. I now know how my Thanksgiving turkey is going to look & what to season it with. Great looking bird!! points.gif
post #10 of 17
One beautiful bird there, pretty as a picture.points.gif
post #11 of 17
Great looking bird for sure.
post #12 of 17
Awesome looking bird!

I have done 5 hams so far in the MES. Doing another one this coming weekend. Any standard pork rub works great on the hams. I use a Honey, Pineapple juice, and ground cloves for a glaze during the last hour. Typically takes me 3 to 4 hours at 240. Never had one come out dry. Always juicy and tasty. Two things I never do though. I never go over 140 degree's since the ham is already cured and smoked, and I NEVER buy spiral cut hams.
post #13 of 17
Great looking bird and welcome to the dark side.
post #14 of 17

Since you own both the Bradley and MES, could you do another thread with a "Real World Comparison?"

When I got my MES from Cabelas, the salesman told me it was POS and the Bradley was far better. I know I made the right decision!



No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
Great Idea, this week I will do identical smokes in both machines and keep time and temp records along with qview.

I can already tell you the winner but we will wait to be sure...

post #16 of 17
OH DARN, another reason to fire up the smokers!!!

Thanks In Advance!


No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

post #17 of 17
Great looking bird,,,,PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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