2nd Real Smoke - 12lb Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by gosteelers, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Well I decided to brine beforehand because I was too hung over to sit with a smoker when the turkey was thawed out.... (I have the week off, wife off on trip)...I used the 2 gal water and 2 cups kosher salt, 3 tsp cure #1, 1 cup brown sugar, fresh herbs brine, boiled it - cooled it - injected the brine in about a dozen places then plopped the bird in the brine bucket and put it in the downstairs beer fridge for 1 1/2 days. After that, I Placed the drained bird in refrig over night and smoked it today at around 215F for around 5 hrs when the thigh temp was around 170F. Smoke was light and definately wispy and blue curling out lazily from the chimney and not billowing. I didnt baste it either tho I could have from the dripping pan juices.. which I gave to the dog.

    Tasted outstanding and looked very nice. I didn't use a rub this first time cause I wanted to taste the smoke. The cure gave it that hammy taste which reminded me of the Russian smoked chicken I ate while over THERE some 3 or 4 times. Overall I am satisfied with the results. Whata ya think?
     
  2. kaiser

    kaiser Smoke Blower

    Excellent picture! Flash?

    Great looking bird too [​IMG]
     
  3. I'm not sure if the flash was set. Pretty sure it was tho. Sun was about 12:00 from bird so I tried to get the quasar like reflection out of the lense by croutching down. Thanks for your compliment.. I thought it would have been darker but I made sure that the smoke remained light throughout the process.... Now on to red and white meat...LOL

    Bob M
     
  4. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    That is one nice looking bird!! Nice color and juicy too, your second smoke??
    If so its hard to tell.
     
  5. abokol

    abokol Smoke Blower

    Good looking bird!
     
  6. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Three of my favorite teams: Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs & Whoever plays against DALLAS!!!

    Good looking bird. Good job on that color as well. [​IMG]
     
  7. smokin leo

    smokin leo Meat Mopper

    looks great idid my first breast on charcoal ecb box temps got away
    but not as juicy looking as that kudos
     
  8. Thanks for all the praise.... Yeah, it was my second time. Guess I got lucky. I'm glad I had the remote thermo when it rose to 245 from holding at 223. The water pan was empty..... So now I know what the pan does.. LOL

    Bob M
     
  9. denver dave

    denver dave Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That is one pretty bird. If it tastes a good as it looked, you had one great meal.[​IMG]
     
  10. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    Looks like a great smoke. Good job.
     
  11. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    tasty looking bird, great job [​IMG]
     
  12. cajunsmoke13

    cajunsmoke13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job on the bird. Looks great.
     
  13. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Great looking turkey! I have one in my freezer I'm going to brine and smoke. I've heard it makes for a great bird -- looks like your results support that.

    See -- who said Browns fans and Steelers fans can't get along?!?!?!

    [​IMG] For a great brined bird....
     

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