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Smokin a turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by big-guy, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Put turkey in a brine overnight


    Brine was 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup coarse salt, 20 cups water,  a few orange slices, some bay leaves , onions and garlic.

    Remove and pat dry,stuff, rub down with some EVOO and a little dusting of Mrs. Dash


    into the smoker


    just about ready



    all done


    ready to carve


    on the plate

    Last edited: Oct 13, 2010
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  2. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Looking Good, just did one the other day myself. [​IMG]
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is one beautiful bird!  Love smoked turkey. 
    Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  time to stock up on whole turkeys for the smoker!!!!!!
  4. A thing of beauty.  Nice bird!
  5. princess

    princess Smoking Fanatic

    Is it the brown sugar that gets your skin so dark and almost reddish?  I've not yet done a whole bird, just the breast, and I got dark golden, but yours looks almost sweet...

    Great work!
  6. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well done, looks great. When I smoke one, I hope that it turns out like that. 
  7. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thats one fine looking bird there Big Guy. You have done a great job.
  8. I think its a combination of the brown sugar and the olive oil rub.
  9. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great looking bird there Big Guy!

    Awesome Mahogany color!!!

    Thanks for showing,

  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Dang Ray, that bird was too pretty to eat...  Great Mahogany Color too...
  11. cole

    cole Fire Starter

    I am impressed.  You don't normally see a stuffed turkey smoked.  Did the smoke flavor the stuffing much?

  12. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow! That is the prettiest smoked turkey I have ever seen! I think I might have to try one soon. Love that color!!! Thanks for sharing kind sir!
  13. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    B E Autiful turkey!  Love the color also.  I was curious about the stuffing as well. How much longer do you think it took to finish being stuffed as opposed to not? Did the stuffing get a good smoke flavor?

    I need to try that as soon as I can get my hands on a decent turkey!!

  14. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

  15. captsly

    captsly StickBurners

    Guess it will be a seperate pan of stuffing for me when the time comes, thanks for that Piney. It does make sense now that I think about it.
  16. I think that was a 12 # bird and thats as big as I would go with stuffing. Bigger birds I like to Spatchcock when smoking to keep the danger zone as small as possible.
  17. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hey Big-Guy,

    That Turkey looks way bigger. I thought it was about a 20 pounder, at least!

    Look at that one picture---It's bigger than the front end of the vehicle in the same picture! [​IMG]

    I still say that's the prettiest color I ever saw on a Turkey !

  18. dk666

    dk666 Fire Starter

    Great job that really looks fantastic !! 
  19. My hat's off to you sir. Beeeee-utiful!
  20. Perfect looking bird!I smoke a turkey every year for Thanksgiving.I don't think my family would show up if I didn't.[​IMG]Someday,if I'm lucky,mine might be that pretty.