Pre-Thanksgiving Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mneeley490, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to work all week except Thursday, so I pre-smoked the turkey today. 

    Started out with a 12 lb. Butterball, so I didn't bother brining, just a little compound butter inside and outside the skin. Then stuffed with a quartered onion and apple, and onto the Weber with sugar maple smoke at about 325°. This got done a lot quicker than I thought it would, about 2-1/2 hours. Believe me, I poked it all over with multiple temp probes just to be sure. I will wrap and take it over to the mother-in-law's on Thanksgiving.

    While that was going, I put some cheddar into the MES30 with a mailbox mod, and that is smoking right now with some apple pellets. Finished pic to come.

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015
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  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A beautiful bird !


  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The cheese came out well. I let them cold smoke for 6 hours. The mailbox mod worked great for this application.

    They didn't pick up a lot of color from the apple, but smelled smokey enough. Vac packed, and I will try one in a couple of days.

  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    The Bird looks good! At 325°F the Turkey will take around 15 minutes a pound. 12Lbs = about 3 hours. You were pretty much right on schedule. 

    Nice Cheese. I like cheese mildly smokey and Apple is a good choice. Mix in some Cherry for a darker color...JJ

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