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Two cured and brined turkeys on the Smokin-It #3

dert

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I was wondering if my SI#3 could handle two big birds at once. I looked all over to see if anyone had done this before, but came up empty.

So, I dry fit two birds from work for a pre T day luncheon... and they'll fit- just barely! I'll need to put them in sideways on the same rack... or I could have spatch'd and stacked them, but I like to keep them whole and not stack for even smokin'.

One 19.5 and one 18.5 with gravey packs, necks and giblets... so probably lost 2 pounds a piece.

Started brining last night.



Injected and brined with 2 gallons of the following:

For one gallon of brine:

1 cup sugar
1 cup salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. of DQ Cure #1 (same as Instacure #1 or Prague Powder #1)
1 gal. water
 
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oldschoolbbq

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Sounds like you have a grip on te proceedings , however , let us know if the Bird taste a bit Hammy
 With the cure in the mix , I would think it might come out a bit of a Ham flavor , hope not.

Will be interesting to see what you say. Be sure to write back.

Stan
 

themule69

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 I cure cornish hens a lot. They do take on a ham like flavor. I like it. Let us know how it turns out.

Happy smoken.

David
 

dalglish

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Are you planning on cold smoking these birds? Just wondering why you're using prague #1.
 

driedstick

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Sounds great lookin forward to more process and how it turns out.
 

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dert

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Are you planning on cold smoking these birds? Just wondering why you're using prague #1.
Hot smoking this afternoon, not sure how long the SI#3 will take to get these up to temp, so the cure can't hurt...and we'll get the added benefit of that cured flavor (if only slightly).
 
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dalglish

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Hot smoking this afternoon, not sure how long the SI#3 will take to get these up to temp, so the cure can't hurt...and we'll get the added benefit of that cured flavor (if only slightly).
Ah I see, time in the danger zone Thumbs Up
 

dert

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Drying...



Smoker:



Two handfuls of apple, one of mesquite



In at 3:00pm
 

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If I wasn't retired, I would ask where you work. I would have loved to work someplace that supplied food like this! I think it is going to be stellar.

Disco
 

dert

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Two hours in IT is up to 110...I was concerned putting 35+ pounds if meat in this unit with ambient temps around 45 and WINDY today!
 
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dert

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Set at 250... I'm letting it go for a while longer before I pull them...
 

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Hiyas Dert..... Looking like a winner so far. Glad you showed back up.
 

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Wow, look at the color.
 

dert

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Let them cool for an hour until just over 145, then whacked them up:

Number one...





Number two...









All packaged up in the world's largest walk-in blast cooler...



Tough to beat 32 degrees with a 25+ MPH breeze!

Just under an hour to clean two birds and clean up...
 
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