Smoking 1st Turkey tomorrow

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by ikebbq, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    Got a turkey brining question. I have a 15 pound turkey that says it is minimally processed and that it contains up to 8% of a solution. Does this mean that it is not neccessary to brine it?

    I plan on keeping the camera near by for some Q-view
  2. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    The turkey I did for Thanksgiving was 8% or 9% solution. We didn't brine it but DID inject it with a solution that was roughly 50/50 melted butter and chicken broth with some seasonings thrown in. It came out VERY moist and juicy. My daughter-in-law said it was the juiciest turkey she had ever eaten.

    That's just my approach. I know there are others here who will say it is always best to brine if you have time.
  3. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    that was my thought on what to do. I have some seasoning i'm going to use and inject it. also was gonna throw some onion and celery on the inside. Looking forward to getting this thing going tomorrow.
  4. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    For the inside of the bird, I quartered some oranges, lemons and onions. It added a very subtle citrusy flavor to some of the meat.
  5. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Basically the bird is already brined. If you want you can put it in a very weak brine solution, reducing the salt 50 - 75% and adding other flavors.

    I wouldn't bother, i would just inject as Homebrew suggested.

    Remember to up the temp on your smoker to 300 - 350 for crispier skin and a reduced cooking time.
  6. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    what they said. i find for myself that if i don't cold soak & wash that "solution" off-it's very salty(mostly on boneless turk breasts i smoke for sliced sammy meat).
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A 1 pound TURKEY? Wait 'till it hatches before smoking.
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL, I was thinking the same thing. [​IMG]
    Even the boneless Butterball breast are 3 1/2 lbs or so.
    I would just hold a couple of lit matches under it. There's your heat and smoke. [​IMG]
  9. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    What was i thinking, 1 pound turkey??? Its a 15#. Must have been those beers talking last night. Still feeling them this morning.
  10. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    So i've got the turkey on the smoker right now. Been going for 3 hours at around 300 and the turkey is up to about 150. Does this seem about right?
  11. homebrew & bbq

    homebrew & bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds good to me. [​IMG]

    Just make sure you have the thermometer probe in the thickest part of the breast or the thigh.
  12. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    I'm pretty sure i do have it in the thickest part. I'll have some pictures up either late tonight or tomorrow.
  13. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds great Jon, it's going to taste awesome!

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