Help with logistics please...

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by big-fokker, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. big-fokker

    big-fokker Meat Mopper

    So here's my situation...I'm smoking and frying a couple of birds for Thanksgiving with the family. I live in NC, the feast is in Maryland and we're set to arrive in MD on Wednesday night (day before T-day), so I'm gonna cook at home and travel with the birds.
    My plan is to cook wednesday morning, let em' rest and then wrap them somehow for travel in a cooler for consumption on the next day.
    Questions are:

    1: Has anyone done this?
    2: What's best to use to wrap the cooked birds?
    3: Will taste be affected?
    4: If I slice and store in foil pans, will quality be affected?
    5: How do I re-heat?

    Sorry for the barrage of questions, but I want this to go as smooth and easy as possible. I figured with all the collective knowledge here, someone has been through this at least once (or twice) and could give me some pointers.
    My main concern is that I'd like to present the birds whole, but if it makes more sense to pre slice, then so be it.
    Though, now that I think about it, the birds usually hit the serving table sliced anyway, so maybe I've just answered my own question..[​IMG]

    Thanks in advance for your help[​IMG]

  2. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  3. big-fokker

    big-fokker Meat Mopper

    Thanks Cajun_1, those links were right on! Now I feel bad for clogging up the board with repeat questions...[​IMG]

    Looks like I'll be cooking, slicing and transporting in foil pans [​IMG]

  4. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Don't worry about that; it is a common question that a lot of people are thinking about and it doesn't hurt to see it asked a few times.

    Enjoy your T-Day!
  5. mavadakin

    mavadakin StickBurners

    hey while your in maryland stop in laurel say hi to my bro lol.. j/k.. hope you turkey day puts lots of smile out..good luck
  6. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    As you can see, I asked the same question. Never hurts to ask. Have a great "T" Day. Oh ... Do we get Q-View ?[​IMG]
  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Tis the season to worry about turkeys!
  8. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If it were me, I'd wrap the birds in plastic wrap, then double foil, then in a towel ad put in a cooler for transport. If you time the birds to be finished cooking about an hour before you leave, wrap them hot and be off. If they're done cooking the night before wrap the same way, but without the towell and when they're cooled down put them in the fridge. You don't want to leave them out overnight. Next day wrap in the towel and put in a cooler for transport, when you arrive in the fridge, when ready to eat, slice (and this is a good time to completely debone) and spray with some clear turkey or chicken broth and nuke, no too long, just to reheat. Hope this helps.
  9. big-fokker

    big-fokker Meat Mopper

    No Laurel for me...I head right to the eastern shore!

    Q-View will definitely come

    Yes it "tis"! Hey I'm adding a nice pic for you of the youngun' all dressed in his monkey costume[​IMG] , not as "toofy" as the last smiley pic, but still cute! see below.

    I swore your location was Bradenton, but now I see Brandon...I used to be your neighbor! We moved here almost 3 years ago and I still miss it down there. We lived off Falkenburg between MLK and 92[​IMG]

    Thanks for the words of wisdom everyone!

    Hey, while I'm at it...has anyone deep fried a brined bird yet...? I've done a few injected birds but that was before I was introduced to brining.

  10. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Oh what a cutie! Ya just gotta love babies! [​IMG]

    If you brine a bird you are gonna fry bounce it around a bit and get out any excess water. The water will really get the grease going crazy on you if your not careful! Water and oil don't mix!
  11. bigarm's smokin

    bigarm's smokin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  12. big-fokker

    big-fokker Meat Mopper

    Yeah I fried up some wings that I had brined and the oil went crazy so I can imagine what a whole bird (full of water) would do[​IMG] . Maybe I'll just inject the fryer bird and brine the smoker first[​IMG]

    BigArm's smokin,
    Thanks for the kind words [​IMG]
  13. flagriller

    flagriller Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Yup, you were my neighbor! I work on Falkenburg Road across from the incinerator

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