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First Turkey - Gobble Gobble

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jmastera, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. jmastera

    jmastera Smoke Blower

    Didn't take any prep pics, but here is everything finished. The turkey just came out, the cabbage still has another 20 mins or so so I will post pics on that a little bit later.
  2. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice color! Let us know how it tastes.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  3. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Nice JM -

    Turkey is sooo good smoked!

  4. iceboxbbq

    iceboxbbq Fire Starter

    that looks very good
  5. jmastera

    jmastera Smoke Blower

    WOW!!! I have never tasted anything like it. Not trying to toot my own horn, but I can't think of a time when I have ever had Smoked Turkey and boy was I missing out. The flavor is unbelievable. I rubbed the enitre bird with butter, sprinkled my rub lightly on it, stuffed with a Lime, Orange and Onion. Total cook time was about 6 1/4 hrs. I also did a Cabbage with to my amazment was out of this world, my wife even liked it and she said she wouldn't even try it.

    Sorry about the messy pic but we were too hungry after slicing the bird so this is a post slice pic of the cabbage. Next time i will cook it a little longer, it was a little too crunchy. It almost didn't even taste liek cabbage.
  6. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice jmastera [​IMG] The chicken looks delicious!!!

    Never been a huge cabbage fan but I am now convinced I should try it smoked..
  7. jmastera

    jmastera Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the comments. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the turkey. I consider myself (as does the wife) to be a very good cook indoors and am pretty good on the grill but I was skeptical that I could do anything worthwhile in the smoker. The wife was a little hesitant that I was doing the bird in the WOPR since it isn't 100% yet but she took leftovers to work today so I guess I did a good job. Still learning but man is this fun. Not sure how I waited this long.
  8. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Turkey looks great..glad you enjoyed it. [​IMG] What temps does yours get to?
    Not completed yet...like what? From the pics..can't see any vents. Do you have vents? Please show or explain your vents.
  9. jmastera

    jmastera Smoke Blower

    Still yet to put the vents on. Had a little trouble with my power tools, or maybe it was me being an idiot and not buying all the right attachmetns for the hole saw, either way still yet to add the vents. Luckily the door seal had to be removed because it was cracked and partially missing so the space all the way around the door acted as a temporary vent.

    I have a Temp Controller system similar to Cheech's Wookie so i had the temps floating between 212 and 231. Still working on calibrating the on\off relay to hold the temps closer to 225. Overall it worked great, no creoste taste, dark meat juicy, white meat slightly juicy just a little dry, overal flavor was outstanding, not too much smoke, not too much citrus (stuffed with orange, lime and onion).

    Left to do to make 100%
    1. Vents
    2. Buy\Install angle iron to expanded metal for additional shelves
    3. Finish paint job, left side still needs paint, entire unit needs anther coat
    4. Install slide out wood chip tray to right hand side for easy change out
  10. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Kewl...keep the pics comming...
  11. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How long did you smoke the cabbage for? That's something I would like to try.
  12. jmastera

    jmastera Smoke Blower

    I did it about 4 1/2 hours but I think it was still a little too crunchy, at least for me it was so next time Iwill do it longer. 2 hours sitting in a small pie tin, additional 2 + hours covered in foil.