Smoked Turkey In the Master Forge Gasser w/Qview

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by chef willie, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brined this 12 #'er using the SlaughterHouse method. Then did a compound butter rub with a little more rub on top overnight. Stuffed with onions and apples. Took 6 hours in a howling wind to hit 175 in breast and 185 in thighs. Came out very well, juicy and tender throughout with nice color. Only thing missing was some gravy for the stuffing......

    ready for the smoke

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    used a drip pan and a rack

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    side shot....love them wings

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    breast meat not my favorite but this was tender

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    one more, breast up....still steaming

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    and chocolate cheesecake for dessert.....thanks for looking

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  2. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Wille, Oh my Gosh, when I saw that 2nd pic thru the last pic my jaw actually hit the floor. The turkey Fabulous!! The cheesecake Fabulous!!  

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  3. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    That looks fantastic!!!! Great job on the bird!! And the cheesecake aint to shabby either!
     
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks a lot Willie !!!

    Bad enough I gotta look at the beautiful golden brown Turkey----

    Then you gotta flip that chocolate cheese cake out there too!!!

    I just ATE !!!!!!!   SHEEEESH, the nerve of some people!

    Bear
     
  5. Man does that Turkey look great!  Nice job on that and the cheesecake.
     
  6. jmk3921

    jmk3921 Smoke Blower

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    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
  7. jakerz66

    jakerz66 Smoke Blower

    Great looking turkey and that cheese cake looks awesome!
     
  8. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks so much...GF thought I had to many beers at the Vets Club...taking pictures of a turkey??..lol.

     


    Thanks les....bakings another hobby and part of my job....like I needed the extra calories after the buzzard, but, what the hell
     


    Thanks Bear...from a smoking veteran like you I'm humbled.by the kind words. Ya know, back in the day, I used to just throw a turkey in the ECB at 6 AM and go get it at 6 PM....I have learned so much on this forum thanks to guys like you and the rest that input knowledge freely I'm now able to see the error of my old ways. Must be time though for a snack in your time zone, right??
     


    Thanks, think I gained a pound or two......damn this forum
     


    Thanks...appreciate it....went without eating a leg after knocking off the wings & a thigh so I could stuff a slice of cheesecake down...but I didn't miss it
     
     
  9. smokinal

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

    Willie that bird looks delicious, but I gotta say the cheesecake about knocked me out of my chair. Now I know why your name is Chef Willie!   [​IMG]

    Congrats,

    Al
     
  10. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks Al, appreciate it. Chef Willies an honorary title, no official diploma, just been knocking around kitchens slinging food more years than I'd care to remember...lol
     
     
  11. Willie, that is about the best looking smoked turkey I have ever seen, you should have called up some food photographer and had them take pics of that bird and sold them to some magazine!  I haven't seen one that looks that good in Southern Living Magazine and they will have 4 or 5 every November issue.  It looks very very moist and juicy.  If there is one thing I hate it is dry over baked turkey but yours sure did not have that problem. Excellent looking turkey my friend.  I must also say that the cheese cake has made me so hungry I am going to the kitchen right now to see what I can find sweet to eat.  Thanks Willie for sharing, keep um coming!

    Your SMF Friend,

    Barry  [​IMG]
     
  12. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice color on the bird inside and out. My favorite part of  cheese cake is that bottom layer. [​IMG]
     
  13. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looks delicious!!

    The color is great!!!

     I was looking at the fresh turkeys a couple days a go.

    They all weighed too much.

      Craig
     
  14. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    That bird looks great.. Nice job and the cheese cake looks real good to [​IMG]
     
  15. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks for the kind post....owe it all to this Forum and the informative posts from other members.
     


    Thanks....crust is Oreos ground up in the food processor with a little butter drizzled in to hold it together
     


    Thanks Craig....bigger isn't better in everything. Consenus on prior posts I read was about 12 pounds max so I lucked out
     


    Thanks, appreciate it.

    Again, just want to say 'thanks' to all the other posters on the Forum, regardless of the date posted, for all the great info. I read all the posts on turkeys & brines and translated that into an awesome dinner. I'm honored to have that bird chosen for the banner.
     
     
  16. YOu are killing me Willie.  I did the same thing, except no apples and no cheesecake on Monday.  I just havent got around to posting yet.
     
  17. Apparently I hit tab before I hit enter and submitted. prematurely...

    Good looking bird.  I love the compound butter/ rub idea. 

     
     
  18. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey, thanks. Waiting to see your Q/View. I see you're running the same smoker as me. Done any mods to it? I've only had mine a few weeks and so far so good. I did finally find a gasket for the door I wanna put on....leaks a lot of smoke around the door so I also figure I'm losing heat. I'm in the NW so getting a lot of wind and rain still...plan on building some sort of 3-sided enclosure for it soon. I'm a better cook than carpenter so that should be interesting...lol
     
  19. I just posted my attempt, unfortunately no "money shot" as it was frozen for future consumprion.  I've had the masterforge since Memorial day 2010.  So far I havent done any real mods to it.  I've thought lots about getting a better seal for the door, but somehow I keep forgetting.  The one thing I have been doing lately is I'm leaving the lid off the chip tray and wrapping my chips in foil leaving a very small opening for TBS.  I'm hoping to build a simple 3 sided / hinged windbreak once it turns a bit warmer.  We'll see how that goes... 

    Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
     
     
  20. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So far no probs with getting TBS with the lid on although I do use chunks rather than chips. Couldn't find gasket material in either Lowes or HD. Got some 3/8th fiberglass gasket that was recommended by one of the members at a farm supply store that sells wood stoves. Also waiting for the rain/mixed snow to quit before doing mods.
     
     

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