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1st smoked turkey

redneck69

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started off soaking the turkey in brine overnight



rinsed and patted dry with paper towels

next i injected melted butter with garlic and onion powder under the skin..sorry no pic of that

applied a dry rub mix



next i applied a bacon



i got my smoker up to 300 degrees with the help of a welding blanket..its a nice cool day today..38 degrees

here is a pic 3 hours into the smoking process



here are a few mods i have done to my charbroil smoker



cut, bent and bolted together a charcoal basket



blocked off the original exhaust port



reinstalled the exhaust port on the other side of the lid and installed a chunk of exhaust pipe to grate level, i also blocked off the rotisserie holes on each side of the lid



with the help of a buddy that works as a h-vac tech..cut and bent a heat baffle plate.

sorry for the poor pic quality..used my cell phone..my rebel xti had dead batteries..

ill post more pics as i get them.
 

bmudd14474

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Looks great for your 1st bird. Great Job.
 

redneck69

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thanx to the forum and all the posts i've read...i need to thank everybody for what they have done and posted, that's how i've gotten this far with this 13 lb bird. 

i forgot to mention i've been keeping the heat around 250 degrees in my smoker with apple wood to flavor.
 

smokingnd

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That looks great, I have not tried wrapping my buzzards in bacon yet, maybe next weekend.  Thanks for the qview.
 

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Now you said that this was your first turkey that you smoked???It sure looks like you are an old pro to me. now I haven't needed to lay bacon over the bird if you brine the bird. It will make it really the bird good and juicy itself.
 

redneck69

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internal temp at 155. almost ready to pull off and wrap in foil..the smoked bacon is awesome..i ate most of it already
and we are at 6 hours and 25 minutes into the smoke
 

caveman

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That is a fine looking bird.  You really are going to enjoy that bacon flavor that you imparted onto the bird itself.  I threw out my bacon after it was done as it was not crispy enough to me to eat but it did help as I had not brined the night before.
 

redneck69

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all i can say is...WOW...tender, juicy tons of flavor and a very nice smoke ring

 

raptor700

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Very nice bird, I'm gonna try my first brined turkey sunday! I have 2 Charbroils myself and I love the mods you have made to yours!
 

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