Today's Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by meowey, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's Turkey Day Today!

    The 13 pounder was brined overnight. The CharGriller fired up to temps previously unknown to it. I wanted crisp skin and ran the unit at 300-325°F, it sure used a lot of charcoal, and burned off a bunch more paint. The reviews are in and it was worth all of the charcoal and burned off paint.

    Bird placed in the smoker.

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    Hour and a half!

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    Ready for a rest before carving.

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    Plated with mashed sweet taters, cornbread dressing, smoked gravy, and jellied cranberry sauce.

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    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  2. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    That looks mighty good, meowey! Now you've gone and made me hungry and we aren't eating turkey until tomorrow.
     
  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG] Of course, I can skip those dang cranberrys. [​IMG]
     
  4. seaham358

    seaham358 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Thats a Great looking Turkey..
    Man!! were off to a good start for Smoked Turkey pics... Can't wait and see what Friday brings..
     
  5. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    Thats a good lookin bird, what kind of wood did you use?
     
  6. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lump charcoal and apple chunks.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  7. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    No rub? Is there an oil on it?
     
  8. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used no rub. I did spray it with a 3-1- mix of apple juice and Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  9. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thats some good stuff right there. Brings tears to my eyes, mainly cuz I gotta wait another day for mine to hopefully look that good.

    I was just noticing the pop up is still down, wonder why![​IMG]
     
  10. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't know what temps the pop ups are set to pop. I was measuring the breast and thigh with digital probes. I pulled it at the point when the breast was 166°F and the thigh was 173°F. I left the popper in so moisture would not run out during cooking.

    The bird was done, moist and tasty!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  11. allen

    allen Smoking Fanatic

    Hey Meowey, Now we're talking turkey. Looks good and thanks for the Pics, I have been asked to smoke some turkeys in the future and now have an idea as to the color as it smokes
     
  12. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll forgive ya for no rub Meowey, but you got the rum/apple juice mixture bass ackwards.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  13. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Nice loooking turkey Meowy! Happy Thanksgiving!
     
  14. wilson

    wilson Meat Mopper

    That's one pretty bird you got there Meowey.
    I'll bet that meal tasted as good as it looks.
    Happy Thanksgiving
     
  15. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    How long did it take????
     
  16. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    crap, I pulled mine out before it went into the brine. I hope I don't find a lil sprinkler under the lid tomorrow when I open the smoker![​IMG]
     
  17. jaynik

    jaynik Smoking Fanatic

    Great color! You guys are killing me! My wife said conventional turkey for T-day, but has given me the green light for a smoked turkey for Christmas after seeing your pics. I"ll be busy. I'll have a ham to stuff on Christmas eve and a turkey to smoke on Christmas day! I couldn't have a better dilemma and your guys' pics are my inspiration. I plan to load up on some cherry this weekend, so may do the turkey in that. I'll smoke some chicken breasts as a test. I'm inspired!
     
  18. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As I had trouble maintaining a steady 325°F because of wind and the fact that the air temp was 33°F, it took a little under 4 hours.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  19. crewdawg52

    crewdawg52 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dont quote me, but I do believe those stupid, plastic thingies "pop" at 180 degrees....To high a temp for me.
     
  20. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think you're right about 180°F. If the breast gets to that temp it dries out.

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     

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