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Turkey skin bust open?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bignick, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. bignick

    bignick Meat Mopper

    I'm smoking an 18 pound turkey on my Brinkmann Smoke N Pro (horizontal offset) with temps 275-325 (its very windy and snowing).  I went to rotate the bird and noticed a few places on the breast where the skin has busted open.  I brined this bird for +-18 hours in Slaughterhouse.  Anyone had this happen before?  Any idea why or how to prevent?  I'm sure the bird will still be tasty, but this ruins presentation.

  2. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have it happen every once in-awhile. I chalk it up to thin skin. I could be wayyyyy off base but that's what i think it is, the thin skin shrinking as it cooks, and splitting. I have taken tooth picks and kinda stitched the splits up so the meat don't dry out. Hope that helps you out.