My turkey I did today...

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by chris_harper, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I woke up at 0400 and started a fire in my firebox. It was 35°, with a windchill of 28° outside. I decided to get the smoker to 300°, so I could get a crispy skin. I got a charcoal chimney full of Kingsford briquettes going, and dumped them in the firebox. I then placed 3 smallish-medium liveoak logs in the firebox, along with 2 mesquite chunks. I placed my turkey in the smoker, breast side down. The smoke is going good, I put in another mesquite chunk, and I go into the house to get a can of Dr Pepper. I come back out, and the thermos on the smoker door are reading 400°! I was like, "Crap!". I opened the door for a bit to let out some heat, and then it happened: Some grease in the bottom of the smoker lit up like hell. So I shut the door and run to the kitchen and get my aluminum roasting pan I planned on putting the turkey in after i carved it up. I run outside and place the bird in it, breast side down. I then run back inside and get a fire extinguisher and put out the fire in the smoker. It will not stay out, so I blast the fire I got going to.
    I put the bird in the oven, set at 250°, with my melted butter and Jeff's rub (I had in a bowl for basting) poured into the pan. It was in the smoke for about 3 hours altogether. It had a nice crispy skin, good smoke flavor, and had a nice smoke ring. It was juicy too. I didn't brine it, as I read on here that, as it was a butterball with the solution in it, it didn't need it. It tasted excellent, so said my wife- and she doesn't really like turkey. Here's a couple of pics she took just before I carved it up.
  2. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good save Chris, look great. Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving.
  3. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Yikes! Glad you didn't get hurt and you managed to save the bird! Good for you! Boy that was one hard fought for Thanksgiving turkey!

    Very nice lookng bird hon! Congrats on the bird and saving the house! [​IMG]
  4. rip

    rip Smoking Fanatic

    Glad to hear everything turned out well.
  5. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice save bro [​IMG]
    Time to clean the smoker i guess![​IMG]
  6. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good save pilgrim ...
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Man, my old R2D2 Brinkman charcoal model hit 400º today also [​IMG]
    No fire though. Chris, you left that bird on just the right amount of time, alittle longer and it would have been VERY crispy. [​IMG]
  8. chris_harper

    chris_harper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks, y'all. It was a very good day. I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving too. I meant I blasted the fire again, and then used the rest of the extinguisher on the fire in the firebox. I used the whole extinguisher altogether.
    Yeah, I guess it is time to do a good cleaning and re-season of the pit. I think I also need to hurry up and get my butt in gear and finish the other one I have been working on (or, not working on so much because it is very hot in my garage).

    It has been sleeting here for a few hours, off and on- mostly on.
  9. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sound like quite an adventure!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  10. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    AwwwRight! Now THERE'S a smoke that'll be remembered to your grandkids!

    Glad everything was OK, and the smoker got a good cleaning...heh. Suppose you'll have to powerwash it out at the car wash tho..lotta soot/ash?
  11. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Looks good chris!

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