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smoking a rubbed turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by usmcoklahoma, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. usmcoklahoma

    usmcoklahoma Newbie

    Well, its getting down to the wire for turkey day. Me and my wife have all our stuff standing by but I have a question about my bird. Its a 14lbs butterball bird with a 3% brine solution. The misses wants it rubbed with a McCormick herb rub and Im gonna smoke it. My question is, since its rubbed and brined in the standard issue brine, what wood would I want to smoke it with? I have hickory and apple, but I can get my hands on pecan if i need to. Those are the only woods I can choose from. Im thinking about smoking them the same way I do ribs, start with hickory and then end with some apple. Tips?
  2. dairyman

    dairyman Fire Starter

    I did a butterball turkey yesterday. Used Tip's brine and smoked it with hickory and apple the whole time and it was good. I used Lawry's perfect blend poultry and chicken rub also. Stuffed it with a onion, celery, and carrots. Very moist. Here's a picture:[​IMG]
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    If it was me I would use the apple and some pecan mixed in if you can get it

    Good luck
  4. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I second the apple/pecan mixture, that is what I am going to do.
  5. pineywoods

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

    Personally I'll probably go with straight Apple wood. The pecan/apple mix does sound good tho
  6. usmcoklahoma

    usmcoklahoma Newbie

    Thanks folks, guess ill have to decide between my apple and my buddys pecan sticks. lol. By the way, how should I set it up? Im thinking of having my fire on one side, a pie pan of water under the grill grates and the turkey on top of the water. This sound ok or am I missing a mark?
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I recently have switched to using maple and apple chunks on turkey, the flavor was positively Bon-A-Roo. It's all good my friend.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm with Jerry again and I say straight apple would be my call. But if you wantto mix I would mix with pecan. Now I would recommand brining if you can even oif it's alrady brined. Use Tip's Slaughter House Brine.