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Honey Glazed Smoked Turkey with Apple Gravy q-view

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sqwib, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This is a cliff notes version, for more info follow this link Link to: Honey Glazed Smoked Turkey with Apple Gravy

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    Spices and Slather

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    Drip pan for Apple Gravy

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    Bird mounted and ready to go 12.4 pounds, could not brine it was an enhanced bird, oh well.

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    Cherry wood, temps settled at about 250

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    Foiled Wings.

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    Foiled breast.

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    Removed foil and brushed with honey with about an hour to go.

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    Resting.

    Concerns/Notes:
    • The turkey was really good, but did not wow me, It was very good but not as good as my "Keg Roasted Turkey". It had good flavor and was moist throughout, the dark meat however was excellent, the gravy needs work as well. In all fairness the turkey was 11 months old and was an enhanced bird so I did not have the option of brining. I will follow this up with a fresh bird next time.
    • This was a 12.4 lb bird and took almost 34 minutes per/lb at 230 - 240°F, I was at exactly 4 hours into the cook when I reached 140°F, next cook I will maintain 250- 260°F until it is out of the "danger zone", this was too close for comfort.
    • Gravy, I think next time I would saute or brown some of the ingredients before adding to the drip pan and use fresh diced apples in place of apple sauce.
     
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  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thats a great looking bird there. [​IMG]
     
  3. That looks like one of those "prop" birds out of a food magazine... lol

    That thing looks awesome. Gotta love some smoked bird. 
     
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man that looks wonderful.
     
  5. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Ah, just in time for next months food preps.  Thanks.  Of course, with us, whole turkeys are a year round food fare.
     
  6. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great Looking Turkey...  Awesome color...
     
  7. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice! Love the Q-view! Thanks for sharing!
     
  8. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I just smoked one yesterday, 10# er, It didn't look half as good as you'rse. That apple gravy is looking  [​IMG]
     
  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone

    Just finished up the carved meat as a turkey salad sammie, Legs are gonna go tonight, don't like to go past 3 or 4 days with turkey.

    What impressed me the most is how crisp the skin was, considering that the general consensus is, you can not get a crisp skin at low temps.

    My only concern with low and slow for turkey is the Danger Zone, I am definitely making a note to do my Turkey's at 250 - 260 for now on.

    Would like to do one on the smoker someday at 300 - 325 to see if there's much difference.
     
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Now your bird looks awesome to me and it sounds like the same with all the good folks here. Now could this be one of those we are just really harder on ourselves you know our own worst critics maybe........ 
     
  11. Can someone help me find who posted the smoked turkey and had pan of celery,apples,onions,ect.  that he put in a blender and made gravy. Thank you Esther