Smoked Turkey today with brine Q-View

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by wicked1, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. wicked1

    wicked1 Fire Starter

    Started with the brine last night

    1.5 gal water

    .5c salt

    1tsp red pepper

    1tsp red pepper flakes

    1tsp sage

    1tsp garlic powder

    1tsp rosemary

    15 lb turkey in the brine for 30hrs between 32-39 degrees

    Put in the smoker at 6:45 this morning at 225 in my MES40 using the AMNPS with oak pellets


    11hrs and 45min later the theigh came up to 172 and I took the bird out


    The skin came out pretty rubbery but I don't think there is a way around that without raising the smoking temp.  Tasted pretty darn good though.  Didn't really pick up much heat from the red pepper though.  I didn't have time to inject the bird this time, but will be sure to do so next time.
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wicked , good looking bird and the Oak will be tasty on it , [​IMG]  thumbs up to a good job...
  3. smokinal

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

    Good looking turkey! I bet it was tasty!

    I notice you didn't use any sugar in your brine, we usually put equal amounts of salt & sugar in our brine.

    You may also want to try some cure#1 in the brine, it really gives the turkey a wonderful taste. We use 3 level Tbs. per gallon of water.
  4. That's a happy looking bird! I did my first 14 lb in the MES 40 for Thanksgiving. Brined with Slaughterhouse's brine, injection and rub, but added the cure #1. I spritzed it about every 45 min and the skin on mine was perfect. Makes for some great sammies!
  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nice turkey you did good...If you want to pick up more heat when you take it out of the brine do some injecting with Hot Sauce...Its GOOD !
  6. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Bird looks good Thumbs Up
  7. Looks great! Beautiful color.
  8. Congratulations! Job well done...
  9. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Great looking bird... bet it was tasty.. Have fun and Happy smoking
  10. big sexy

    big sexy Smoke Blower

    Does have a pretty color to it.  Nice work.
  11. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Now that is definately some nice looking turkey!  Haven't injected a turkey, but I'm liking the idea more and more.

  12. wicked1

    wicked1 Fire Starter

    I would have, but I am on a low-carb diet.  Sugar is a no no.
  13. I've deep fried turkey's before every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past 5 or 6 years. Cajun Injector has a Creole Butter injecting marinade. I've never put in anything else and every year it gets better and better. i just bought a MES 30" and cannot wait to smoke a turkey using this marinade. Everyone should try it. Nice looking turkey btw Wicked1.

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