Injected Christmas 15lb Turkey

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WI_GameMeats

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Oct 30, 2018
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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)
Injection:
-1 stick butter
-2 tsp Garlic Powder
-1 to 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 tsp of sodium phosphate
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Somewhere around 2.5 hour mark here. I stopped to baste the turkey with some butter twice throughout the smoke.
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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.
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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.
Chris
 
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.
 
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