Cured and Smoked Thanksgiving Turkeys

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pops6927, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Son and I cured and smoked two turkeys for Thanksgiving; one for us and one for another family, Just wanted to post a couple pics, then we'll do some after-carving shots!

    Ours out of the smoker, ready to unwrap:

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    2nd one still in the smokehouse, a bigger turkey, another hour to go:

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    I'll post s couple Qviews of our bird when we carve it!

    Plus, we're doing a 23 lb. turkey in the oven too with home-made breakfast sausage stuffing, too!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!
     
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang that looks great. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys too.
     
  3. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    YUM YUM YUMMY!!!! Looks Awesome!

    SOB
     
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks great pops......Have a good thanksgiving

    joe
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good Pops!

    I used your brine/cure on the turducken I'm smoking.
     
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looking good Pops!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

    If ya talk to youur brother or sister tell them I said hi!!!

      Craig
     
  7. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sure will Craig!

    Well, part 2 - went to my son's house this morning to help with the stuffing, an annual event!  Took pictures... of course!   This is how we make sausage stuffing!  First, he came over a couple weeks ago and we made breakfast and italian sausages; 2 lbs. of breakfast was reserved for this morning:

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    Broke it up and crumbled it and fried it up - it was over 90% lean, not a drop of grease in the pan!

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    cooking down.

    Then, chopped up a bunch of celery and a large TEXAS onion...lol!

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    Melted a pound of LOL butter: (only do it once a year!)

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    Mixed the veggies and butter and sausage together and let the onion and celery soften, but still a little crunch in them:

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    (you can see the pan with the giblets simmering in back!)

    Emptied three boxes of 'croutons' (well, kinda croutons, couldn't find the real croutons this year! but, they worked!) in the turkey pan and poured the butter/sausage/onion/celery mix in it

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    and gently stirred it all together, then an even layer of poultry seasoning on top, about ¼ the jar, plus 2 cups of giblet broth added also!

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    (no, never once measured it, just by sight and feel!) - then mixed it in all together, and the final stuffing all prepared!  Stuffed the neck and bowel cavities of the bird (23 lb. turkey):

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    Bird all stuffed and oiled in the oiled and foiled pan, about half the stuffing we prepared... yes, there is a method to my madness...

    .... the rest into a 7 qt CrockPot®!

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    The proof is in the pudding, going back now to mix the meal and eat!  Will show the results later!
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like a great stuffing recipe Pops!

    Thank-you for sharing it!
     
  9. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks y'all for looking! my son's MIL calls it "Yankee Stuffing" because it doesn't have 'traditional' Southern components in it, lol!

    Turkey got done just fine and we had a feast!  Had to put down the camera and help serve and things so I didn't get anywhere near the pics I wanted, but.. everything was delicious!

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    The Crock Pot stuffing, drier than the in-the-bird stuffing but still the same great sausage flavor!

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    Just one last pic, but.. some of the satisfied customers... Grandma Linda (my wife) relaxing with the two granddaughers watching the football game snuggled in under the blanket!

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  10. jeff 1

    jeff 1 Smoke Blower

    nice Pops!  I smoked a 20lb turkey this year using your wet cure method with 1/2 salt.  It was a big hit with all
     
  11. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    It all looks real good...good looking family...
     
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Everything looks great!...JJ
     
  13. wan2smoke

    wan2smoke Fire Starter

    Great looking birds and great looking family. The Stuffing recipe looks like a winner also!
     

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