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First Turkey *Q VIEW*


Meat Mopper
Joined Oct 11, 2010
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!!!!
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Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Aug 24, 2007
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.


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
OTBS Member
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Joined Sep 12, 2009
Looks real good irie!!!

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



Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 18, 2007
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.


Meat Mopper
Joined Oct 11, 2010
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. 

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