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  1. tallbm

    Turkey plans-expect the unexpected and adapt

    doh!
  2. tallbm

    Processing Day 2022...

    @indaswamp got those scopes in and put my eyeballs through them.... Oh man I'm super excited!!! Again I've had much nicer and better scopes with more bells and whistles, but WOW for the price point I wish I had bought 4!!! Even though I don't have enough rifles in need of optics to use up 2...
  3. tallbm

    Crisis Averted !

    Wow I'm glad you made it through. Looks like you were well prepared to handle a lot of the issues, it just sucks they all came at once hahaha. I find with Turkey that my MES40 struggles to hit max temp quickly. I believe it is all the moisture in the bird that gets into the smoker and fights...
  4. tallbm

    Over Rated ?...

    I'm with you 100% on how bland a Ribeye roast is!!! I have one one but I did it more like a Crown Roast where every 2 inches I sliced into the roast as though I was cutting a giant steak but didn't cut all the way through. Then I seasoned every surface and spread out the slices when smoking...
  5. tallbm

    Turkey plans-expect the unexpected and adapt

    Thanks for the report back. Yep, that damn poultry skin is tricky. Did you cover the bird at all? I refuse to cover my birds EXCEPT when transporting. Even then the covered transport talks the skin backwards from how good it comes out of the smoker for me. I personally think poultry skin...
  6. tallbm

    Help dropped the ball (turkey) on Thanksgiving.

    Man @SmokinEdge has you well covered. I'm with those guys about brining. I now only brine + cure turkeys, flavor is so much better with the cure and having those amazing state fair drums and thighs are to die for. I also take my brine/cure solution and inject it into the bird all over but...
  7. tallbm

    Thanksgiving Turkey

    Congrats!! It all looks great :)
  8. tallbm

    Thanksgiving keto style

    @jcam222 @BrianGSDTexoma Heads up Vitacost running great deals that include stackable discounts codes which will get you a good chunk off the canned Eden Black Soybeans which are already cheapest around normally. FRIDAY10 - $10 off $50 or more EDEN15 - 15% off Eden products I hope you can...
  9. tallbm

    How long is too long to brine a turkey

    Hi there and welcome! @SecondHandSmoker is asking the right question. If you do a proper amount of salt for the amount of water and the size of the turkey (water weight + turkey weight) then you won't ever over salt. I do about a 1.6-1.8% amount of salt. So Water weight+ Turkey weight...
  10. tallbm

    Masterbuilt Electric Smoker - the brisket temp that won't rise...

    Hi there and welcome! MES temp probes, both the smoker and meat probe, are always HORRIBLY off. Like @Winterrider is suggesting, use a good digital thermometer to check our smoker temp and I bet it's not even hitting 225F. Also with a brisket crank up to 275F, it doesn't care what temp it is...
  11. tallbm

    Surprise, MES 40" not heating and Masterbuilt is no help

    Hi, I have answers to all your questions. Just now getting time to respond :D 1. No need to worry about the insulation you will be ok :) 2. Nope don't worry about that existing sensor it will not work. Connect: Black to Red White to Blue You should be good to go there. This will keep the...
  12. tallbm

    Processing Day 2022...

    Yep I agree. Also having a 12x magnification or higher becomes mandatory for me as I work up loads so I can see the holes in paper at 100yds. Trying to see 5.56/223 holes at 100yds to know where you are hitting is such a pain and I don't have a personal range so I have to wait until time is...
  13. tallbm

    Help with texture of sausage

    Hi there and welcome! Just to chime in on the fat ratio which I feel is too low like many and I'll explain it here. I do sausage at 80% meat 20% which is about the minimum for sausage unless making specific kinds of sausage that take less fat. So with 80/20 this means to make 5 pounds of...
  14. tallbm

    Need some turkey help!

    The vegetable boiling basket that came with the frying pot (if one came with it). HOWEVER, you are going to have to SOS pad scrub the crap out of that basket to get all the fried grainy bits off but it's doable lol. Maybe soaking in water with dawn will help but just expect to do that for about...
  15. tallbm

    Processing Day 2022...

    Slight derail of the thread here but I just ordered 2 of these Vortex scopes. The reviews were good when they were $300 and now they are on holiday sale for $150 each. My brother but his eyeballs through one and liked it quite a bit and he has horrible vision so I knew they were good to go...
  16. tallbm

    Smoking mushrooms

    I've never smoked mushrooms but I imagine if you put those baby bellas on skewers and smoke em you could always then pull em and grill em or remove and sauté them if needed. Options are always good :)
  17. tallbm

    Need some turkey help!

    I think your plan is solid. If you want amazing state fair drum and thigh flavor you can cure them with cure#1 and brine them the day before. Would be amazing smoked that way. Also know that poultry skin turns out rubbery unless you cook at like 325F cooking temp or so. If you can't go that...
  18. tallbm

    1st smoke

    Hi there and welcome! At 275F smoker temp. If your smoker can actually hit that temp. I'm guessing betweenn 2.5 and 3hrs. Your skin is likely going to be leathery since poultry skin doesn't want to be edible unless cooked at higher temps, BUT the smoke flavor will be there regardless of the...
  19. tallbm

    I didn't want this to be my second post.

    I'm sorry for your loss, you have my condolences. Your father always shared the most amazing information and was a pillar here in our community. I feel fortunate that our paths crossed here and I always had the utmost respect for him. It was easy to have genuine respect for him, he only...
  20. tallbm

    Thanksgiving Turkey

    In an MES30 that may be too big, you may be able to split it in half and cook on two seprate racks over a pan to catch all the drippings. You don't want the drippings getting to the bottom and steaming up and fighting your element from getting to top temp. This just happened to me in my MES40...
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