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First Turkey Brine & Smoke

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dmcfarlan, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Well, this Thanksgiving was my first try at smoking a Turkey, and it came out amazing!

    I started off with a 16lb Publix turkey.  It only had a 4% solution in it, so I was thinking a brine would

    work with it.  I used the Slaughterhouse brine I found on this forum, and brined for 12 hours.  Washed off the brine, and

    rubbed with Butter, and a few seasoning up under the skin.  Also sprinkled with a basic rib rub.  Started the smoker

    at 8am Thursday, and used Mesquite and Hickory woods.  Put the Turkey on at 8:30, with the MES set at 250 degrees.

    Pulled with the turkey reached 165 degrees at 3:30pm.

    Had four of our guests tell me that was the best turkey that they had ever had!  I am ready to smoke another one!




    Sorry I did not get any shots before and after carving.

    Thanks for looking,

  2. fester

    fester Smoke Blower

    Looks great! I hope to do one for Christmas.
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on yor first smoking of a big bird, I know it won't be your last. Tip's brine is a good one to use. It's all good my friend.
  4. The great thing about my MES is that is can stay at the same temp all day long.
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great. Beautiful color on that bird. [​IMG]
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Rite fine lookin bird indeed!