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First Turkey *Q VIEW*

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by irie, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. On my quest to conquer all things bbq thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity to try smoking a turkey. I used an apple juice based brine for this bird and it turned out awesome.

    The whole process with all the pictures is available here:

    Brining process: http://notomatoesbbq.blogspot.com/2010/11/turkey-time.html

    Finished Bird: http://notomatoesbbq.blogspot.com/2010/11/finished-turkey.html

    But here is the final product, I wish I had more pictures of the finished bird but it was pretty much destroyed by my family once it was carved up. It started out as oh let me try a piece, Hey me too! then another and another.... etc... I was left with one single leg for leftover which I basically had to smuggle out of the house.

    The Brine...


    24 hours later time for a rinse


    rinsed and rubbed, just needs some smoke now.


    here we go, cooked it at 350* and it took about 2.5 hours to get to 165* internal in the breast. It came out way juicier than I expected. When I first saw the busted skin on the breast I thought I really messed up but thankfully I was wrong!




    Thanks for looking!!!

    oh and on a side note the skin was awesome!!!!
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2010
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very good first bird.  If you get some butcher twine and start trussing you can stop a lot of the skin bursting and help keep the wings and legs from drying out.
  3. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks real good irie!!!

    Don't stop now----Lots of stuff in this world needs smoking!

  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Keep it going. All of your recent posts have been great. You are off to a wonderful start. I just think back to when I first started smoking and didn't know about this site. The meat was OK but never WOW like I was looking for. Once I found this site that was fixed. You are ahead of the curve my friend and came to the right place. Keep the Qview coming.
  5. Yea I definitely should have trussed this bird, I have trussed chickens when I have oven roasted them in the past and didn't even think about doing it for a turkey (dumb I know) next time I definitely will though. live and learn right? It wasn't the prettiest looking turkey it sure tasted good, all the turkey q view the last few weeks was pretty inspiring, One things I didnt take pictures of and I wish I had was the gravy, the drippings for this bird made some of the best gravy I have ever had.