Early Fall Smoke of the "Wild Turkey" variety. w/Qview

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by coloradosmoke, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. coloradosmoke

    coloradosmoke Newbie

    So, I have a co-worker that is a big hunter and he asked me the next time I fired up the smoker if I could smoke a couple or three wild turkey breasts that he had in the freezer. I was excited to try a different brine from what I had tried in the past.  My brine consisted of brown sugar, apple juice, kosher salt, and maple syrup.  Here is my Qview of my smoke.  Enjoy!!!

    Three Turkey Breasts, washed and cleaned...


    Ready to mix up the brine...


    Bird in the brine overnight....


    Ready for some rub, gonna fill up the smoker with three racks of BB and a small ham.  Jeff's rub on ham, BB's and two of the

    turkey breasts, I have another buddy from way back that has this his own blackening rub for wings, so that is going on one of

    the breasts. Check him out at DrOp dEaD ReD  http://bestwingsauce.com/


    Rubbed up, the blackening rub is on the breast in the upper right corner (has a darker red to it)...


    Turkey breasts wrapped in bacon to keep them moist in the smoker...


    I forgot to snap a pic of everything in the smoker....duh!!  Oh well, BB's went with the 2-2-1 method, pulled the ham at the same time as the turkey breasts once they hit an IT of 140. (just a little over 4 hours).  Smoking temp of 225.

    (This is where the picture should be of the loaded smoker. Ha!)

    Left and middle are with Jeff's rub and the one on the right is with the blackening rub...


    Ribs done...


    A well balanced meal...Ha!!


    So, the turkey breasts went to work and and I presented the smoked breasts to "Hunter Mark", he wrapped one of the breasts up to take home and left the other two (one with Jeff's rub and the other with blackening rub) out for our fellow co-workers to snack on....  That's a joke!!!

    ...and the vultures attacked!!!


    As you can see everyone like them.

    All in all, they turned out pretty well, I still think they were on the dry side, so I need to figure that piece out.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome!

    Great looking meal you put together!

  3. Looks really good. Especially the wild turkey breasts.

    Maybe next time you might try injecting them instead of brining. Then the rub.

    Ain't sure, but someone will be along to let ya know that really knows.

    Happy Smokin'

  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


     Thanks for the Qview [​IMG]
  5. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good there. You said they were a tad dry. That is usually the challenge when you are cooking with wild meat  as it is usually very lean compared to commercially purchased meat. Wrapping it in bacon usually helps like you did but maybe an injection or other methods could help you out. Its usually a challenge until you figure out what you like. Looks like it went pretty quick so I wouldn't be to worried. We are usually our worst critic. If  people don't get smoked food very often and they like it they usually rave about it even though we may think it isn't up to our standards. Looks like you did very well.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]Next time inject some butter.But rember 4 hr rule.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    It All looks great !!!!

    I agree---As much as I usually avoid injecting, wild meat can often use it.

    It's so much better for you though, because it isn't all plumped up & full of antibiotics.

    LOL---I would have been happy with the Bacon you had wrapped around the breasts!!!!  [​IMG]

    Thanks for showing,

  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'd eat that in a heart beat... and then eat some more....

    I love the smokey flavor of Wild Turkey....[​IMG]  ...

    Anyone ever use a larding needle on wild meat ??? I been thinking of gettin' one for just that purpose....  Dave
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2011
  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use caul fat to wrap lean meats in before going in woodfired oven,regular oven & now my MES. I recently used it on a chunk of water buffalo which I  posted,I use it to wrap kangaroo after I  sear it then finish it in the oven. Age old method,it doesnt have a lot of flavour itself,& it keeps things really moist.You can do it part way through cooking process if you want more smoke contact with meat surface first.

    Ive seen it used in Italy & France especially "up country" they wrap terrines in it all sorts of stuff. My butcher still uses it to do specialty things so I get it from him.
  10. jeff b

    jeff b Fire Starter

    Wow, fantastic variety!
  11. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ive seen larding needles on tv,havent used one but wouldnt you get same effect by just poking hole with skewer,then putting some lard or lard combo in.Say rosemary,garlic,kidney fat or even rendered duck fat. Last attempt with butchers needle was to attempt to sew up my version of zampone,my skin softer than pigs!
  12. Nice Job!
  13. smokin - k

    smokin - k Meat Mopper

    Like the idea of a maple brine on the Turkey... Great job! Happy Smoking, Smokin - K
  14. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I'll give one of my tricks inject garlic butter it's amazeing.Make your own butterball.[​IMG]
  15. holdem

    holdem Fire Starter

    Do you also brine it then or just inject?
  16. Looks fantastic Colorado. I'm smoking a turkey breast myself tonight. Didn't think if wrapping in bacon. Looks delicious!
  17. well, thanks, I totally WANT SOME RIBS NOW.  [​IMG]

    never had a shot at wild turkey, I bet it's good.  Never smoked the breast by itself either; they're hard enough to keep moist when it's a whole bird, I can't imagine doing them solo.  The bacon's a good start, I always cover our Thanksgiving turkey with it when it goes on the grill.

    tried brining a couple times, it didn't impress me as being worth the effort.

    I gotta get better about the QView thing, y'all are really good with it.
  18. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

    Excellent BearView. Made my mouth water!

  19. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Just inject it's sooo much quicker.When you inject pull your needle half way out and go back into the same hole at diffrent angles to spread the flavor.Stuff i inject  have spices on the inside .Just make sure you have a fine power that you mix with your liquid.A brine will never get spices inside of the meat tissue.Here a yard bird i injected.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/109632/whole-chicken

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