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davidhef88

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Got the gasser fired up at 9:45 to get the sand pan up to temp. It's a balmy 37 degrees here today so I wanted to make sure she was hot. Got my carrots, celery, and garlic into a foil pan for some of JJ's smoked gravy. Got the 18 lb. bird prepped and into the 280* smoker at my target time of 10:30. I gave it a coating of butter and a dusting of Tony Chachers creole seasoning. Riding along nice at 284 degrees. Happy thanksgiving everyone!!
 
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Daqvidhef88 - I'm confused.

First , I see the turkey in the smoker.

But then, I see you holding the thermometer with the un plucked turkey in background.

???

Also, I like to see your butt flap hanging open.

We did one recently, and I tucked the tail under the drumstick legs.

Mistake.

Did not render out enough.

Maybe put a 4" square piece of foil under it, I dunno, I would.   Marc
 

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Daqvidhef88 - I'm confused.

First , I see the turkey in the smoker.

But then, I see you holding the thermometer with the un plucked turkey in background.

???


Also, I like to see your butt flap hanging open.

We did one recently, and I tucked the tail under the drumstick legs.

Mistake.

Did not render out enough.

Maybe put a 4" square piece of foil under it, I dunno, I would.   Marc
That unplucked turkey never leaves my lap. I've done many turkeys over the years and have always put them right on the grate. Never thought to put foil under it, not sure it would change anything.
 

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Great start!

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Looks awesome so far! b
 

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Davihef - I just meant a tiny square of foil shielding the underside of TAIL ONLY  to retard skin over darkening.

Just a tiny piece under just the tail.   Marc
 

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Davihef - I just meant a tiny square of foil shielding the underside of TAIL ONLY  to retard skin over darkening.
Yes that would make sense.
Just a tiny piece under just the tail.   Marc
 

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Very nice David!  point! B
 

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Very nice David!  point! B
Thanks B. It was great, brought it to the in laws, everyone loved it. Will probably have to do it every year. I volunteered to bring it. The turkey here is usually terrible. Doing a 21 pounder on Sunday for my side of the family.
 

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Very Nice !!!

Bird is The Word.  

1963 -                            Marc
 
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Nice job David!!

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Beautiful bird, Bro!

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