Cheese cloth and presentation

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by springer, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. springer

    springer Newbie

    I have never used cheese cloth before. I want to have good presentation of the bird today...Do I need to use one? I use a wood pellet smoker. I will stuffing the cavity with fruits and celery. What are the reasons for using cheese cloth?

    Also, its raining here. If my smoker gets wet will have a dramatic effect on the internal temps?

    thanks everyone!
     
  2. springer

    springer Newbie

    please....
     
  3. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    from what I know the cheesecloth is soaked in broth, butter, or other flavorings before covering the bird, and adds flavor to the skin, as well as keeps the breast meat moist.

    Id like to see/hear your results if you go this route.
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I have never used cheese cloth so I'm afraid I don't even know why its used. The rain may very well affect temps maybe you can try to rig something over the smoker
     
  5. springer

    springer Newbie

    Im wondering about what the turkey looks like after the cloth comes off
     
  6. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It'll look fine as long as you brown it properly. Pull it off too early and it will leave marks. I've used cheesecloth and dishcloths, bot soaked in broth and butter and it makes your turkey fantastic!
     
  7. miamirick

    miamirick Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    i always use cheesecloth on a turkey, it helps hold the moisture in and keeps it from drying out, take it off half way through then let the skin crisp i'm doing mine right now with cheesecloth, check out my thread turkey throwdown also when the cheesecloth is on if you pour mop sauce on every hour it keeps the cloth wet and moisture on the bird
     

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