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Oil or Butter on the skin?

chef 133

Joined Nov 26, 2013
i hope i can post this question here, it relates to smoking a turkey, haha. what yields a better result, oil or butter? one of my chef instructors told my class about European butter being a much better product than regular butter, so i was thinking i could use that. or should i just use some canola? thanks


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OTBS Member
Joined Apr 4, 2013
I am not a chef, but.... I always coat the outside of my bird with olive oil, Pop always called it the suntan lotion. If you don't over cook I don't remember ever having a cracked skin while using it.

I also use Kitchen Bouquet

Top is brined chicken, lower is injected turkey.



Hope it helps, and remember to enjoy the smoke!
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Master of the Pit
Joined Mar 2, 2012
I rub butter mixes with rosemary, garlic and thyme on the inside of the skin on the breast and olive oil mixed with the same herbs on the outside of the skin. A little foil on the tips of the legs and in the smoker it goes on 325°.....


Joined Nov 27, 2013
Quick question how long do ya reckon my hubby n I should smoke our 21 lb bird (fresh) turkey? It's cold as blue blazes here and only our 2nd together, but I swear he's quite the cook. Any help or tips would be appreciated

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