Fabulous Turkey Step 2: The Cook - UPDATED

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jirodriguez, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So started off with part 1: The Brine http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/173039/fabulous-turkey-step-1-the-brine#post_1269342

    ..... on to part 2!

    Here is the bird out of the brine, the red marks are from the cranberries, patted it dry with paper towels

    My under/over skin rub: 75/25 butter/olive oil, salt, pepper, & poultry seasoning.

    ..... rub on turkey.... the wife decided the turkey needed to pose for the photo... lol.

    Into the smoker running at 250° with apple wood, the foil pan under the turkey has 4 cups chicken broth, onion, celery, crushed garlic cloves, Tony Chacharro's Creole Seasoning, and the gizzards and neck from the turkey - can you say GRAVEY!. The small foil packet is a clove of garlic with the top cut off and some olive oil for smokey roasted garlic, that will be used in the mashed potato's.

    Little bit of wind and a tad on the cool side so wrapped the smoker in the welding blanket.... all tucked in and cruising along with thin blue smoke! Now just have to kick back and relax for 6-7 hours. [​IMG]

    ..... natives are restless with anticipation! [​IMG]

    4 hours in..... looking good! Sorry about the slightly blurry pics, our camera quit working so have to use the phone.

    All done! Oh man, this thing smells good!

    .... couple of the sides, stuffing and green bean casserole (with bacon and caramelized onions).

    My plating method was being critiqued by the puppy! [​IMG]

    Money shot! The part that makes it all worth while. [​IMG]

    ..... honestly.... we don't abuse this dog, she weighs in at a portly 105 lbs. at 19 months old.



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  2. Lookin' good1

    ! Blankets seem to be the order of the day.
  3. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's all over except the digesting.... which is gonna take a while! [​IMG]
  4. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    Looks Great. Happy Thanksgiving
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  5. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome, I feel like doing what your dogs are doing.... Great meal man !

  6. jbseamus83

    jbseamus83 Newbie

    Awesome turkey! Mine is going to turn out with skin about that dark too. We are doing t-giving on Friday with the in laws, so I'm smoking the turkey tonight. Hope it comes out somewhere as close to as good as yours looks!
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! Hope you guys have a good one as well!
    LOL - yeah, they define lazy! ..... unless there is begging to do. Thanks for the compliments.
    Yup... skin generally comes out dark on the smoker, but I'm sure your turkey will turn out tasty! Once your spoil your family with smoked turkey you will be tapped for the turkey every year!
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dang , Rod. That's a nice looing Bird. I love the dogs , and the Bernard is a Puppy[​IMG]  CWoW , That means it takes a cow a day to feed Her [​IMG]  , am I right.

    Have fun and a great Thanksgiving , Mi Compadre' .
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! Yeah.... between those to dogs we go through 50 lbs. of dog good every two weeks. Our puppy is actually going to be on the small side - we think she's going top out around 120-130, which will be about 30 lbs. light for the breed. Only in our house is she considered a "small" dog... lol.

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