Holiday Turkey Practice with Q-View

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by teeznuts, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Time to start thinking about the holidays and I wanted to do a practice run on some turkey. I picked up a breast portion weighing just under 9 1/2 lbs.

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    Pulled back the skin and injected it with a mix of EVOO, red wine, garlic powder and onion powder. Rubbed the outside with the same mix.

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    Pulled the skin back over the bird and placed in the MES. Smoked with apple.

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    I probed each breast and pulled when one side was at 162 and the other was 164. Used a foil pan to catch drippings for gravy.

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    I don't care for the skin so I pulled it off and got to slicing. You can see some of the spices from the injection process.

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    Super moist, tender and delicious.

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    I enjoyed it so much I picked up another one when I saw em at a good price at wally world. I'll probably smoke it tomorrow.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Boy it sure looks moist & tender!

    Nice work!
     
  3. tailgate72

    tailgate72 Smoke Blower

    Looks excellant..

    I need to get off my duff and start on one or two.

    Dave
     
  4. That turkey breast really looks good.

    I have one of about 12lbs in the freezer and also a complete 12 lb turkey.

    I still need one more whole turkey cause I have to do 3 of them for Thanksgiving.

    Mike
     
  5. ugaboz

    ugaboz Smoking Fanatic

    looks great
     
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't wait to smoke some birds for Thanksgiving. Looks like yours  turned out awesome!
     
  7. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great!

    JC
     
  8. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks awesome Teez...How about some time and temp info?...JJ
     
  9. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Hey Chef Jimmy,

    I smoked at 235 and I think it took between 3 1/2-4 hours but I didn't really time it. I'm doing another one today and I'll actually time it so I can have an idea for timing for holiday meals.
     
  10. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit


    Just finished one that was 8.8 lbs compared to the 9.42 lb done in this thread. The one I just finished was smoked at 225 with mesquite. It went on at 3:15pm and at 7:38pm one side was at 161 and the other was 166 and I pulled it. I tested the thermometers prior to smoking and they were both the same.
     
  11. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Looking good! And that reminds me, I need to practice with the whole turkey  I have in the freezer.

    Mike
     
  12. damon555

    damon555 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great!
     
  13. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You did a great job,

    I love this time of year.

    Gonna smoke a few myself soon. I hope they come out as good as yours.

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  14. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks Bro, The family wants a Tradional Turkey for TG but I got the ok to bang out a couple of smoked Breasts for Christmas if we head East to Jersey...JJ
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2011
  15. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Does that mean you get the green light to do some practice ones between now and then?
     
  16. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice test run..... need to do a practice run myself..... bird looks great

    Joe
     
  17. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Jeez, I didn't think to ask...We usually try to avoid poultry in November so we can build up a jones for the big day...Good excuse for December though!...JJ
     
     
  18. dougmays

    dougmays Limited Mod Group Lead

    looks good! did you say you also rubbed the outside with the injection mixture?
     
  19. Lookin good teez. I am thinking about 2 breasts for Turkey Day. One smoked and one oven roasted.
     
  20. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Yes. I took the left over injection mix and poured it on the turkey then mixed up some more and added to it. Covered it with the skin and into the smoke.
     

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