My First Try on a Bradley!

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bertalouise, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Well Gentlemen, this newbie with her new Bradley did manage to smoke a turkey breast on my first try.  Did discover cold spots, how to minimize smoke in my face, and the inconvenience of not having tools and supplies handy.  The skin was a bit rubbery (tough). Is this normal?  
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes rubbery skin is normal. You can smoke at 300-325 and the skin will get crispy. Or you can stick it in a 400 degree oven for a 1/2 hour when it's at about 150 degrees to finish it up, that will crisp up the skin too. Or you can do the healthy thing and not eat the skin.
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Bertalouise!

    Yes rubbery skin it typical in electric smokers

    Al, has a great suggestion, but i don;t think your Bradley will get to 300°+

    You could fire up the grill and sear the skin, or jut live with it

  4. Thank you, Al and Todd.  As I have several son-in-laws who are traditional meat n tater men, and I like to keep the family happy, I'll try finishing the turkey at a higher temp by transferring it to an oven.  I do believe you are right, Todd. The Bradley may get to 300 on a sunny day.  I'm learning just not fast enough.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family and smoked goodies.  Bert
  5. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Ditto with Todd

    Your Bradley will only get to 250-280. I have 4 of them.
  6. wan2smoke

    wan2smoke Fire Starter

    Rubbery skin = Normal on Electric smoker

    Top temp I got with BDE is 290 last week and the skin did crisp up.

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