First Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by davefincher, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. davefincher

    davefincher Fire Starter

    Got real brave and decided to smoke my first turkey for christmas eve. Combed through the threads researching for several days. Decided on an overnight soak in a brine recipe i slightly modified. Prepped it and popped it in the smoker at 325 for 3 hours. as Clark Griswold said, If this turkey tastes half as good as it looks then we're all in for a really big treat! 


    The brine


    Ready to go in


    perfection!

    I am using a Smoke Hollow propane cabinet smoker. Thanks to all who shared their experiences and recipes. 
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Dave that looks real good,stop by roll call so everyone can give you a Welcome to SMF
     
  3. davefincher

    davefincher Fire Starter

    Finished product 

     
  4. davefincher

    davefincher Fire Starter

    My wife Toni made turkey soup out of the leftovers. Incredible!  
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Dave that Creamed Turkey Soup looks fantastic any chance of getting the recipe?
     
  6. davefincher

    davefincher Fire Starter

    sure, just trying to get my wife to sit down long enough to type it up for you.
     
  7. davefincher

    davefincher Fire Starter

    My wife's turkey soup recipe

    Cheesy Smoked Turkey Soup

    2/3 cup butter (no margarine)
    2/3 cup flour
    Smoked turkey, cut into chunks
    5 cups reserved stock
    2 cups heavy cream
    4 large baked potatoes, cut into chunks
    1 ¼ cups mild or medium cheddar cheese, shredded
    salt and Mrs. Dash (original) to taste

    Several hours before making soup, cook turkey carcass in a crock pot filled with water. I generally cook mine overnight. Strain the stock, discard carcass.

    Melt butter in a large pot. Stir in flour using a wire whisk. Once a paste has formed begin adding (gradually) 5 cups of reserved stock. Once thoroughly blended, add heavy cream. Cook until thickened. Add turkey meat, potatoes, spices and cheese. The soup may be transferred to a crock pot (warm setting) once it is heated through.
     
  8. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Dave thank the Mrs and  Thank you
     
  9. Nice looking bird    great color

    Gary
     

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