Make-up Thanksgiving Turkeys for my Students

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by adiochiro3, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I smoked a couple of turkeys last week for my students because many of them cannot get home for the holiday, and I wanted to give them a good start on the holiday season.  I did this last year for the first time, and my boss liked the idea so much that he jumped in and smoked a couple for this year's event as well.  We bring the birds, the students bring everything else.

    I smoked 2 10-11 lb. birds in my Weber kettle using indirect heat (I have been doing them this way for years).  This year I used Walnut for smoke generation.  Prep is nothing fancy: melted butter brushed on the skin which is then salted and peppered.  No stuffing for safety reasons, of course.  I was taught to start them breast side down to allow the juices to flow down toward the breast.  I then "flip the bird" and baste when there is about an hour left in the smoke.  Here they are about an hour into the smoke.


    You'll notice the little foil "fenders" I use to deflect heat from the parts closest to the coals.  Years ago, I fashioned a custom little grate that sits 2-3 inches below the standard Weber grate level and sits perfectly into my drip pan, which sits neatly between the coal baskets.  This extra clearance allows me to easily accommodate rather large birds.

    The cooking temp hovered right around 250* at great level.  I service the kettle about every 45 minutes by adding 4 coals and 1-2 wood chunks per basket.  Another reason I love smoking these in the Weber -- temp recovery times are mere seconds after re-seating the lid!  Here they are resting:


    My wife is the gravy expert, and if you haven't had smoked turkey gravy, then you really can't fully know what good food is all about!  She talked me through it safely (read: no lumps [​IMG]).  Everything was sliced up for serving, and -- if you'll pardon the expression -- gobbled up in no time!  My boss and I were the servers, so I did not get any pix of the event; however, some of my students did, and I will try to post those when I get them.

    Thanks for looking!
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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Man James, you have some lucky students!

    The turkeys look delicious!
  3. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    James,  well your students are very lucky to have someone like you in their lives.  Great job, the turkeys look phenomenal![​IMG]
  4. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What a great way to give your students a taste of home.

    Kudo's to you and your boss for taking the time to take care of these students.

  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  6. Looks delicious [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2011
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job my friend. Awesome of you and your boss to take care of the kids like that. [​IMG]
  8. owlcreeksmoker4

    owlcreeksmoker4 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Wish I was a student there lol the birds look great!
  9. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  10. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Another great smoke James

    Like AL said, "you have some lucky students"

    Good job my friend [​IMG]
  11. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent looking turkeys, James.  Lucky students![​IMG]

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