Birthday HUGE turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by walking dude, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    My mom's 75th birthday is sunday, but we are celebrating it tomorrow
    she is having ham and turkey, i said i would do the turkey

    here is the monster in the cryo-pac......just under 19 pounds

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    the brine.......molasses based, with half the salt. I soaked the bird for a couple days to try and remove most of the factory brine, hence half the salt. I did last turkey day turkey this way and it was out of this world. I also injected this bird with the brine, like the last one.

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    outta the brine, and draining. you can see where the brine colored the skin brownish

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    sittin pretty, on a 40 oz bean can. Thankx smokin steve for the idea, so i wouldn't have to split this bad boy. you can also see where the turkey rested up against the cooler. It didn't get the color

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    here it is, sitting in the smoker. I dusted it with corn startch, from a idea of CinnamonKC, thankx for the idea. we will see if it helps with crisping up the skin.

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    outside temps are 46. cloudy, with lite sprinkles.......fingers crossed

    more pics to come
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Looks good WD thats a big bird waitin on the Qview yet to come[​IMG]
     
  3. Good lookin bird. Have fun with that endevor. Gonna be a whole lot of kids upset Monday morning when Big Bird isn't on Sesame Street.
     
  4. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow Dude,

    Your momma's going to love that. Lucky relatives too. Great visuals.
     
  5. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That looks fantastic and it's not even cooked yet!!!

    Can't wait to see the finished bird. Also interested to know if the cornstarch helped.
    It does with french fries!
     
  6. chargrilled

    chargrilled Meat Mopper

    Let us know on the skin. That is why I am shying away from birds in general. Can figure out the skin, smokers not hot enough. What kinds smoke?

    I believe your weather is on its way over here, should be ok.

    good smoke to you!

    Travis.
     
  7. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    hey dom........summin like THIS?

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    thankx cinnamon, that was you......i will give you creds in the orig. post

    chargrilled.........yeah.......birds and smoking don't werk out, unless you smoke at higher temps, such as in the 300 degree range. You can also throw it on the grill to crisp up the skin, or under the broiler for a bit. AJthepoolman, sez mayo will also werk. I tried that once, didn't werk for me, so went the cornstarch way.
     
  8. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Lookin good WD! Good smokes friend!
     
  9. That looks right. Tell ma happy birthday from SMF.
     
  10. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    trav........a combination of ash and maple
     
  11. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Walkin Dude...I just noticed the Irish Proverb in your signature line. Are you Irish? If so...what part?
     
  12. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    nah.............just loved the phrase. Dutch even asked about it..........
     
  13. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    2 hours in.........spraying with cherry juice

    internals at 125

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  14. cinnamonkc

    cinnamonkc Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Growing up in an Irish Catholic family we heard 'em constantly. Grandma and the folks had one for every occasion. Now they get to drive my son nuts!! :0-)
    Half the time he has to come ask me what they meant!! [​IMG]
     
  15. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looking good so far Steve,can't wait for finished pic's- how long Do you think it's gonna take?hehe
     
  16. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

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    Cherry juice, eh? Sounds interesting!

    Lookin' good, D88de!

    L8r,
    Eric
     
  17. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    hoping 4 hours, like Smokin Steve said his large bird took
     
  18. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Dude, glad you got the bird propped up on a can so you didn't have to split the thing, although the q-vue of you splitting it with the axe would've been classic! [​IMG]

    I echo Eric on the cherry juice ... interesting touch.

    How many people you feedin? Hope people bring some doggie bags!
     
  19. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    heck, just 13 in our family, let alone that many guests..........a spiral ham is also being served.........

    yeah, i love the cherry juice, better than apple juice......no morgans in it tho......getting low on it, and if momma comes home to no morgans.......well, need i say more?
     
  20. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ... if that happens the next q-vue will be with Dude on the spit! [​IMG]
     

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