learn from my mistake

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dono, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. dono

    dono Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    hi Folks,
    happy canadian thanksgiving, I'm smoking two turkeys out in my back yard this morning, and I had a silly / funny mistake happen to me. first i'm smoking them in two small canadian tire smokers they are about the size of your regular charcoal bbq but with a seperate firebox. i started to fires with some hardwood kindling and charcoal briqs. smoker #1 got upto 250f pretty fast and all is well, but smoker #2 wouldn't go over 150f I stoked the coals I fanned into the vent, no matter what i tried it just wouldn't go over 150f. now I'm sure you seasoned smokers are chuckeling at the obvious answer. but it took me a good hour of panick to figure it out. my temp is read off a themomiter in the lid. and the rod sticking into the smoker is about 4 inches long, well, it was planted right into the side of my bird, so i was getting a reading off the birds side and not the smokers inner temp.[​IMG]

    oh well live and learn, I'll update later and let ya all know how my turkeys turned out[​IMG]
     
  2. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Oops.......
     
  3. dono

    dono Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    so far so good
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  4. Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canucker.

    Iam doing 2 as well, 1 is boned out and other normal, started at 5 30 this morn in lite rain and I am doing a pork butt as well. Temp steady at 240 F Lots of family coming over.
    I ll post pics later.
    John C.
     
  5. dono

    dono Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I'm looking forward to seeing the pics[​IMG]
     
  6. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    [​IMG] That's pretty funny!
    I have the same smoker, I stick my meat thermometer through the hole in the lid to watch the internal temp.

    maybe it was more of a discovery than a mistake.
     
  7. ajthepoolman

    ajthepoolman Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If nothing else about 30 people will lift the lid after they put the thermometer in to make sure they didn't poke through the meat too!
     
  8. flattop

    flattop Smoke Blower

    I was thinking the very same thing. Next smoke, I'm gonna pay attention to wear the probe is.
     
  9. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Well toy be surprised how many people wouldn't have figured it out and toasted the heck outta those birds! Happy Thankgiving!
     

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