Turkey help

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by cuzco, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. cuzco

    cuzco Newbie

    Hi guys and gals,

    I have been smoking meats and birds for several years now but having seen many pictures here I have a question about keeping the skin brown vs the pretty black skin I end up with. I use a brinkman wood smoker. Turkey always tastes great but the skin is much darker than the birds I have seen here.

    Any suggestions would be great!
  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Howdy Cuzco.  Some woods such as cherry wood will turn the skin a darker color.  In my opinion the skin color is a matter of preference. 

    Different woods aside, You may  giving the bird too much smoke. Remember to build your fire and let it settle down to coals  getting your smoker up to temp ( say 225 - 250) before you put the bird on the grate. Gradually Add enough wood while your cooking to get a thin smoke out of your smoker. If it bellowing out then your smoking too heavy. 
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2015
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  3. Good advice  from B

  4. cuzco

    cuzco Newbie

    I used apple wood today and just got one of the prettiest birds I have ever done. Apple may be my go to wood for doing birds from now on. I also used BD's advice of getting to heat and really only using a "hint of smoke" and it worked!

    Also stuffed it with citrus fruit/apples/rosemary/thyme.

    Cannot wait to get to the in-laws to eat!
  5. cuzco

    cuzco Newbie

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  6. beers-n-bbq

    beers-n-bbq Fire Starter

    Ive done a breast before and the skin was black as coal but todays my first full turkey and i got off the smoke after like the first hour and a half 2 hours...going on 3 and a half hours now and this is what i got, i used cherry wood

  7. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job! Points.
  8. Nice looking Bird    Good Job             [​IMG]


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