Injected Christmas 15lb Turkey

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Oct 30, 2018
Central WI
-Spatchcocked 15.5lb Turkey (Honeysuckle brand)
-Used the backbone, neck and giblets in the Instant Pot for Drippings (made a hell of a gravy later on)
-This picture below is after an injection and homemade dry rub (I let the injection sit for 24 hours before smoking)
-1 stick butter
-2 tsp Garlic Powder
-1 to 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp of sodium phosphate

Somewhere around 2.5 hour mark here. I stopped to baste the turkey with some butter twice throughout the smoke.

Partially carved up picture here: Breast and dark meat turned out very moist and juicy. THe turkey was pre "basted" or brined. So I am happy I didn't decide to brine it, otherwise it might have turned out too salty.

Ate this with some oven roasted asparagus and potatoes for Christmas Eve Dinner.


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Looks like a bird to be proud of.

Point for sure.
Looks good! Good call on not brining. I think it's OK to brine enhanced birds, just use some restraint. That said, I would never brine AND inject even an au natural bird yet alone an enhanced one. Kinda weird that I saw ALOT of guys doing both this year. What's next, brine, inject, smoke, fry, hot sauce, and dip in ranch dressing? LOL. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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