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Thanksgiving Turkey with Q-View

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by adiochiro3, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just getting around to posting the TG Day Q-view.  Smoked a 22 lb. bird in the Weber with ash wood using the indirect method.  Brought the Weber up to the inlaws' just for the occasion.  When I offered to smoke TG dinner, my wife was wondering if I was planning to haul "Grillestate" up for the job.  Now that rig is a heavy unit assembled from 2 separate smokers: a SFB with an upright bolted to the end.


    I wasn't really interested in all that effort when I can smoke the perfect bird in the Weber every time (in my sleep, if necessary!).  The very first thing I ever smoked was a turkey on that Weber (TG 1998).  Why mess with what already works?  Besides, toting a Weber kettle is much easier. 

    Alright, on to the Q-view.  The turkey at about the half-way mark.


    Melted butter, salt & pepper on the skin.  Cavity empty.  No brine or injection.  Breast side down to let the juices flow into the breast meat during the smoke.  I use 2 foil "fenders" to protect the legs from burning being so close tot he coals.  I flip the bird breast side up with about an hour left for the smoke.  Total time: 4.5 hours at 250* to an internal temp of 180* in the breast meat.


    The money shot.  Hard to see the smoke ring; I took these with my phone.  Moist, tender, delicious.  Note the wife's phenomenal smoked turkey gravy from the drippings!  Saved the carcass for turkey soup (devoured last night at dinner).

    Thanks for looking at another successful smoke!

  2. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    That looks great....money !!!
  3. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Beautiful color on that bird! Nice looking spread too. What a great way to score some points with the in-laws! [​IMG]
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    that looks so good
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job and great looking bird. I'm sure the family was very happy.
  6. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thats a mighty fine looking Bird. 
  7. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Nice!!!! [​IMG]