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Thanksgiving Dry Run w pics

SmokinVOLfan

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Well not really. I just wanted some smoked turkey and wasn't about to wait until Thanksgiving! Its that time of year where you can get cheap birds. First sale was Butterball's for $.99lb. Sign me up. Grabbed one and quick thawed in ice water over night in a 5 gallon bucket.

Seeing as this was a last minute decision I didn't have time to brine as I normally would. Roll with it. Spatched the bird out, pats of Kerrygold butter under the skin on the breasts with rub and then coated the outside in No salt Tony's.
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Rolling 275-300ish with hickory chunks. Progress picture.
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Bout 3 1/2 hours later I hit 165 in the breast. Bingo. Just the color I was looking for as well.
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While the turkey was smoking I threw together some sides. Broccoli Cheese casserole I kind of made up and of course the stove top stuffing. Not pictured is the mashed potatoes and gravy. Also deviled eggs brought by my wife's grandmother.
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Plated shot. Forgot to take a pic after I put gravy on stuff.
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Cant forget about desert. Made a caramel apple pie. I am not much of a baker so this was my best attempt.
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Served warm with some vanilla ice cream.
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This honestly was one of the best turkeys I have done. Wife says it was the best. It was very juicy and flavorful even without a brine or injection. The sides brought it all together and everyone left full and happy. Thanks for checking it out. Only a couple more weeks and we will be seeing turkey galore. Everyone enjoy and stay safe out there.

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Wow what a feast, especially for a dry run. Most excellent Job John. I just picked up our Butterball yesterday - also at .99/lb.

Point for sure
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Looks great !
 

TNJAKE

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Heck of a dry run john lol. All looks delicious especially the bird!
 

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OMG!!
I was gonna say "Nice Bird", but then I looked farther---"Nice Plate"----Then I looked on & saw----"Nice Pie!!"
So I just gotta say "Everything looks Awesome, John!!!"
Nice Job!
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YUM! Nice cook and meal! Im gonna be watching the post thanksgiving sales and the day before.
 

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Man looks awesome John! Perfect color on the bird. I imagine that bird may have been pre bribed with saline solution?
 

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Gonna be a good thanksgiving round your place. Well done
 

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Man that all looks great! Never too early to start stretching your stomach for turkey day!

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Doesn’t get any better than that!
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BrianGSDTexoma

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Looks great. I wonder if brining an enhanced bird does not actually take away from of the flavor? I was planning on only doing a breast but looks like they cost as much or more than just getting a whole turkey.
 

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That meal looks really good.
Turkey looks perfect.
Nice job.
 

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Fantastic looking meal John!! Now ya just have to top that for thanksgiving.
 

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Holy smoke John!! That's one heck of a spread buddy. I know you've been cooking turkeys for many years so this was not a trial run. You were correct stating that you just didn't want to wait two weeks for the official day to cook a big ol' bird. That looks excellent my friend. I've never spatched a turkey before but am going to do that in a couple weeks after seeing what you did here. That all just looks fantastic. Be nice if I could just pull your meal off the screen and serve it up to out guests. Sure would make my life a lot easier and it's certainly make several folks really happy :emoji_wink:

Robert
 

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