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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    I have a long talk with the turkey, we cry a few tears over the fact that, if Benjamin Franklin had had his way, it would be the national bird and therefore protected, rather than those goofy eagles, and also that stupid Red Bull commercial, which proves that there's only three darned swallows in a can of Red Bull.





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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Brining is a must. Do not stuff. Use a real thermometer, not the stupid pop up. My husband is smoking this year's, with bacon butter under the skin.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    I'll be eating at my inlaws who are big traditionalists that prefer their turkey barely seasoned and bone dry. Also they cut that bird to shreds as soon as it gets out of the oven.

    If I was cooking that bird I'd loosen the skin on top and cram butter underneath it. If I wanted the turkey to taste delicious I'd break it down into components and braise it in white wine, butter and chx stock under foil. Then remove the foil pour out some liquid and broil the skin to perfection.


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I'm going to make my first attempt at smoking a turkey. Any tips? (Janny, I saw your method-- it has been duly noted).
    I'm doing the same, first time to smoke one. I've smoked lots of other things, including whole chickens.

    I bought two, 10-12 lb birds and am planning on eating at noon, so we going to put them on the smoker about 5:30AM. I am going to do about 235-240 degrees and they say about 35 minutes a lb at that temp. I am using apple wood. I am going to just go simple and rub the outside with olive oil. I read a tip to put a disposable pan in the bottom of the smoker with about 4 cups of water to keep the smoker moist and catch the drippings for gravy and so the smoker doesn't get super dirty.

    I have a digital thermometer so i'm not AS nervous to ensure it's done on the inside....but hoping the above time is about right so my guests are not waiting!

    I, too, would welcome any tips/suggestions for smoking a bird.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by CapnCy View Post
    I'm doing the same, first time to smoke one. I've smoked lots of other things, including whole chickens.

    I bought two, 10-12 lb birds and am planning on eating at noon, so we going to put them on the smoker about 5:30AM. I am going to do about 235-240 degrees and they say about 35 minutes a lb at that temp. I am using apple wood. I am going to just go simple and rub the outside with olive oil. I read a tip to put a disposable pan in the bottom of the smoker with about 4 cups of water to keep the smoker moist and catch the drippings for gravy and so the smoker doesn't get super dirty.

    I have a digital thermometer so i'm not AS nervous to ensure it's done on the inside....but hoping the above time is about right so my guests are not waiting!

    I, too, would welcome any tips/suggestions for smoking a bird.
    Applewood, in my opinion, is too mild. I know a lot of people like it, but I just don't think you get enough flavor. That's why I'm using hickory.

    If you're going to use an injectable marinade like creole butter or some other, then you can skip the brine. It will still be plenty moist.

    Make sure to use a drip pan. The drippings from smoked turkey make fantastic gravy, especially if you use a good spice rub. Put the drippings in a pan with some flour to get a nice roux going, then add some chicken stock. That's basically all you need. If it needs seasoning, add some of your reserve rub.


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by CapnCy View Post
    I'm doing the same, first time to smoke one. I've smoked lots of other things, including whole chickens.

    I bought two, 10-12 lb birds and am planning on eating at noon, so we going to put them on the smoker about 5:30AM. I am going to do about 235-240 degrees and they say about 35 minutes a lb at that temp. I am using apple wood. I am going to just go simple and rub the outside with olive oil. I read a tip to put a disposable pan in the bottom of the smoker with about 4 cups of water to keep the smoker moist and catch the drippings for gravy and so the smoker doesn't get super dirty.

    I have a digital thermometer so i'm not AS nervous to ensure it's done on the inside....but hoping the above time is about right so my guests are not waiting!

    I, too, would welcome any tips/suggestions for smoking a bird.
    Have you ever cooked 2 whole chickens??




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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Anyone ever cook a turkey in the ground? My family's done that a couple years.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Applewood, in my opinion, is too mild. I know a lot of people like it, but I just don't think you get enough flavor. That's why I'm using hickory.

    If you're going to use an injectable marinade like creole butter or some other, then you can skip the brine. It will still be plenty moist.

    Make sure to use a drip pan. The drippings from smoked turkey make fantastic gravy, especially if you use a good spice rub. Put the drippings in a pan with some flour to get a nice roux going, then add some chicken stock. That's basically all you need. If it needs seasoning, add some of your reserve rub.
    Thanks for the tips! I do have hickory wood as well....I did some reading and it seemed a lot said apple...I definitely want to ensure my guests get a good smoke flavor. I may take your advice.

    Any other smokers have an opinion on apple vs hickory for a turkey?



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Definitely hickory


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bret44 View Post
    Have you ever cooked 2 whole chickens??




    That would be 4 whole fried chickens, and a coke.



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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by CapnCy View Post
    Thanks for the tips! I do have hickory wood as well....I did some reading and it seemed a lot said apple...I definitely want to ensure my guests get a good smoke flavor. I may take your advice.

    Any other smokers have an opinion on apple vs hickory for a turkey?
    It's not that applewood is bad. I did an applewood turkey this summer that was amazing. It's just comes down to personal preference. Hickory is a lot stronger flavor than applewood. It's more noticeable.


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    That would be 4 whole fried chickens, and a coke.

    And really, unless you have two honkeys lookin' like Hasidic diamond merchants, it really loses it's punch.




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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    That would be 4 whole fried chickens, and a coke.
    You're right. I am now shamed.


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    Re: How do you prepare your turkey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    My grandma does it.
    Obviously the best answer in the thread.


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