Just started my turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pne123, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    new thread to my questions here

    So I did a injection from deejays website w/ some mods. Put in the smoker 15min's ago w/ cherry chips. I put of jeffs rub on one side for a test. I didn't put anything in the cavatity since I wanted a test run to get a taste for a foundation to build from.

    My only question at this point is should I spritz it w/ apple juice or baste it w/ butter?

    I did not do to much w/ it cuz I am lazy today. just spent a week in vegas. Not sure what i am going to do in between smoker checks since I am not feeling like drinking a lot of beer today after vegas.
  2. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    I would mop with butter, to me it makes the skin more crisp.
  3. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    I guess i can never go wrong w/ butter. I am having trouble keeping the smoker above 325 today. It is cold for us, 50deg, and windy.
  4. I just did some turkey parts yesterday, but we had a balmy 15 degrees above zero, with 5 inches of new snow dropped on us...I didn't think of it till the end, but I sprayed apple juice on mine....seem to keep it a little moister and it browned up nice. I don't think you can go wrong with butter either..Good Luck on your smoke! Don't forget the q-view...
  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I use apple juice inside and out, slice some oranges if you have them and stick them inside then let it dry at the end and spray with EVOO and a last sprinkle of spices.
  6. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    well just pulled the bird. I will post some picks after the girls are napping. I noticed that when I went to take it out that my temp finally raised past 320-330 up to almost 350. found out it was cuz i had a flareup. i had been watching it and was doing good till the end. I never really had flareups before that were not instantly put out so i hope it will not effect the flavor. It looks good.
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hmm what was the meat temp in the breast/thigh? Seems a quick smoke, but it can happen..
  8. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    breast was 168 when i pulled it. it was a small bird and was not stuffed. 2.5 hrs in the smoker. the first post was not right after I put it in. I butchered the bird but have not sliced up the breast yet but all seems done
  9. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Congrats on a good smoke - eatting is the rea test - let us know how it was.
  10. pne123

    pne123 Meat Mopper

    Tastes pretty good. Not as smokey as i had thought but I did you cherry instead of my normal hickory. next time i might try just hickory. There is a lot of meat even on my small bird so next time i will not be so skimpy on the spice in my injection. got a good start. I have 11 more months to fine tune this before t-day.
  11. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks DANG good there bro, nice job!![​IMG]
  12. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have found also that with the higher cooking temps used on poultry (consequently shorter smoking time) it is hard to get a good smoke flavor. I like to use mesquite for first hour or so, then go to cherry or what have you.
    Looks good enough to eat ...
  13. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mmmm, That looks really good!! Way to go![​IMG]
  14. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Great turkey pne! Yeah fastsmokes don't get as smoky with lighter woods. Try a combination or a strong wood and a mild wood. The cherry gives you the great color but mild flavor.
  15. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fine Job! I believe I'll pass on some POINTS!
  16. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking bird, good job!
  17. gramason

    gramason Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Looks great, glad it turned out good.
  18. big-fokker

    big-fokker Meat Mopper

    That bird looks great indeed! Nice job[​IMG]

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