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todays gobble gobble

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by teacup13, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i am attempting a turkey today (wings and drumsticks removed)

    brined in natural apple juice and various spices

    layed bacon down on the expose breast meat and wrapped in cheesecloth

    resting in the fridge right now

    smoking with 3-1 apple/hickory wood mixture

    pics not real clear...batteries on camera going dead

  2. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice please let us know how it turns out?

    What kind of wood are you planning on using?
  3. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    3 parts apple..1 part hickory
  4. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good teacup, but may i ask, why the cheesecloth? will u smoke it in that also?[​IMG]
  5. tom

    tom Fire Starter

    That should be pretty tasty!

    The closest I ever came to smoking meat was making a turkey on a weber kettle...long time ago.

    Post pix.

  6. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I got a Que-stion too. Why did you take the wings & legs off? It shouldn't run away by now. [​IMG]

    Just curious.

    Can't wait to see pics!
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ROFLOL...................can i have the legs? smoked turkey legs are the best![​IMG]
  8. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


  9. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    bbq bubba -
    i put the cheesecloth on it because it doesnt get really dark that way and the cheesecloth holds the moisture a little longer than just spraying on the bird itself..

    BigAL -
    i didnt take the wings and the legs off, the bird came that way...was cheaper than a regular turkey

    as for the legs, well i dont much care for them anymore... you guys ever been to a state fair? well i use to cook those giant turkey legs and have kind of lost my taste for smoke turkey legs..lol

    pics coming soon as i find some new batteries for my camera..lol
  10. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    well couldnt find any batteries... so i took a couple of quick pics with almost dead ones...

    turkey just about 2 hours into smoke

  11. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thank's for the cheesecloth idea, Teacup[​IMG]

    BTW, there should be a law against HAZY food porn!!! [​IMG]
    Get that pit up to temp and go get some batterie's..........lol
    bird looks great!
  12. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    some updates...

    cranked up the heat to start browning a little more...about another hour and it should be done

    spritz'd the whole time with a combo of natural apple juice,coke and franks hot sauce

  13. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    its all done...

    will give a final taste and moisture report when it has rested and the missus is home from work...

  14. pigcicles

    pigcicles Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great teacup... thanks for sharing the pics with us. Looks kind of funny without the legs and wings.

    Keep Smokin
  15. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    the next time you are at your local grocer, look in the frozen turkey section, you will see them, most say "turkey breast" on them but in small print it says wings,legs removed, some cavity left on.

    its ok because the missus and i prefer the breast when i cook them on the grill or smoker.

    BTW.. the results are in for this smoke..

    this is the best turkey that i have done. juiciest one i have ever made..

    i will not cook a turkey without brining it from now on, no matter how i end up cooking it
  16. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Looks good teacup.

    Doesn't the cheesecloth make the skin soggy?
  17. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    it does if you dont remove it about an hour b4 it is done...when i cranked up the heat thats when i removed the cheesecloth...i dont worry much about the skin because i am not allowed to eat it..lol

    plus my smoker is propane so when you crank the heat, it will crisp anything..lol

    side note:

    here's what the missus said while eating it.
    i suggested EVOO but she said no..it must be butter... i am suppose to watch the cholesterol, so when she said use butter, i wont question it..lol
  18. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good lookin' bird! Drool!!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  19. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    little birds don't cut it around here so i'll get an 18 to 20 #er and cut the legs and wings off then bone the breast in one piece trying to keep as much skin as possible. Then brine all over night then tie the breast up with cotton string and throw on the ECB . breast first then the legs and wings later so it all finishes at the same time,, they always turn out mighty tasty and with the big bird you don't have to worry about not having enuff
  20. On a bird that big, you might wanna consider putting about 1/4 tsp./lb. Prague #1 in your brine to kinda cut down on bacteria growth while you’re trying to get that bird out of the danger zone. Mine wasn’t hammy tasting, but very rich tasting, more like dark meat tastes! Try it some time…it turned me from a thigh man to a breast man! [​IMG]