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1st smoked Turkey

Stingh2

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This past weekend I smoked my 1st Turkey. My Daughter and her husband are hoisting Thanksgiving this year in their new home and asked me if I could bring a smoked bird to add to their oven baked Turkey to the table this year. So since I have never done one before I figured I need to do a test bird. Picked up a 12 pounder. Did a 48hr brine with Meat church poultry bath added one full cup of apple Bourbon whiskey to the mix. When it was time to get him out I rinsed him off padded him super dry with paper towels put him on a rack and in the refrigerator for four hours to tighten the skin up. When it was time for the rub I sprayed him down with canola oil and then used Jeff’s Texas rub all over with a light dusting of whiskey Bent the bird rub. Turkey went on my Oklahoma Joe using hickory and applewood keeping it at 225 after two hours I basted with unsalted butter and crushed garlic And every hour there after. When internal temperature reach 150 I increased my cooking temperature to 300 at 167 I pulled him off and let it rest for 20min when it was time to slice him open it was so juicy and delicious. I am now waiting for Thanksgiving to come. I think everyone will enjoy it.
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Bearcarver

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Looks & Sounds Perfect !!
You did an Awesome Job on that Bird!!
Like.
Great Thread Too!

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sandyut

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Great looking bird! Very good call to run a test cook before a holiday on first time items!!!
 

Colin1230

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Looks great! Thanks for sharing. It is getting to be that time of year.
 

smokeymose

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Now that is a fine looking Turkey! Well done!
I'm thinking your bird will have fewer leftovers.....
 

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That’s a beautiful looking bird!
Great color on the skin!
Al
 

GonnaSmoke

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The turkey looks great, absolutely perfect. But a word of advice, if you don't want to hurt your daughters feelings, ask her to forego the oven baked turkey, it won't stand a chance against your smoked turkey...:emoji_wink::emoji_grinning:. Of course I'm only picking, kind of...
 

JLeonard

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Holy cow! That is a beautiful bird. Thinking there wont be much left overs on your bird. Hers will end up making sammichs post t'giving.
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xray

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Beautiful bird and excellent cook! I think you will definitely overshadow an oven roasted turkey. Just be ready to be in charge of making the yearly Thanksgiving turkey now.
 

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Simply gorgeous. Beautiful color on that bird. Well done.

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