Smoking a whole turkey?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by finsfree, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    I'll be smoking a 14lb turkey this weekend and I've got some questions?

    I've got an Oklahoma Joe Longhorn offset smoker.

    Questions:
    1. I'm wanting to inject with creole butter. Would i inject the night before & let marinate or just before i place it on the smoker?
    2. Looking for IT of breast at 190 (I don't like the meat when it's at 165...too rubbery)
    3. Olive oil, salt & pepper for the outside
    4. I'll be using oak wood for smoke

    I'm looking for that Boston Market and Publix rotisserie type fall off the bone meat.

    Any tips?

    Thanks!
     
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hope I'm not too late...

    Smoke @ 275*(+) to make it through the danger-zone temp OK (40-140*/4hrs). Inject the night before if you like. 190* should be fine if you can maintain chamber temps high enough to get it there relatively quickly...otherwise, you will loose more of those precious juices and have a drier bird...that's the risk with higher finished temps. Oak may be a heavy smoke for poultry, so you may want to smoke for only a couple hours, and/or keep it light.

    Eric
     
  3. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Ok thanks! I'll be smoking soon.
     
  4. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    In the smoker we go...
    Injected with creole butter. Seasoned outside with salt, pepper & olive oil. Looking for an IT of 185-190.
     
  5. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Aftet 3hrs at 275 got an IT 180 (breast). I'll pull at 185...I guess. Skin is crispy!!!
     
  6. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ah...gotta love that color!!! Looks tasty...how'd it come out for you?

    Eric
     
  7. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Came out great! A lot better than last time!

    IT 189 breast. Skin was nice and crispy too.
     
  8. nato316ca

    nato316ca Newbie

    I have been looking at some injection sauces/marinades, I'm not sure what to call it, but everything seems to be creole butter base, then spices or whatever. What is special about the creole butter? I noticed you used it by itself. Do you normally use it by itself or does the meat being injected determine the flavour of injection sauce? I have a new injector, and I am still trying to decide what to put in my injector. I was thinking some sort of homemade marinade with my own spice blend. I know the holes are small, I can use powdered spices, but is this a no no when injecting?
     
  9. finsfree

    finsfree Smoke Blower

    Basically, I just wanted to try it out. Seems like lots of people like the creole butter. I didn't add anything to it just straight from the jar. I was just trying to get the meat right this time. Last time I did a turkey I didn't like it IT 165. Needed to be cooked longer like IT 190

    In my opinion, after injecting each breast 4 times, it wasn't real strong tasting. Meaning, you could add spices to it to kind of "jazz it up" and you be fine.

    Where I noticed the taste was in the wings.

    Hope this helped
     
  10. nato316ca

    nato316ca Newbie

    We decided to inject a pork roast, but it's only going in the oven. Got the recipe on this site and we thought we'd give it a try. We made a rub too, and the fridge smells delicious. We're going to put some more rub on in the morning, but I am not sure whether to pat it dry or just apply with a shaker wet. Pretty excited to do my first injection, been looking for a lots of tips, and I found some. I decided to inject 4 hrs before the roast, so I took the day off work to do it.
     
  11. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Finsfree , hello from Ohio [​IMG]  . Great job on the Bird ,looks yummo [​IMG]

    I want see your Butt [​IMG]  , I'll be waiting for the reveal, sipin' on my favorite ice cold beverage [​IMG].

    see ya  in the  Smoke , have fun and . . .
     
  12. bigworm882001

    bigworm882001 Newbie

    Your pictures looked like it turned out great. I always brine mine the night before. When I pull the birds out of the brine I inject them with a jalapeno butter mixture I came up with. Then I take more butter and mix in some herbs. I then take that mixture and coat it all over the bird and in between the skin and the breast. I sold 9 of them this year for Thanksgiving and have standing orders for whenever I do them again.
     
  13. bigworm882001

    bigworm882001 Newbie

    how mine turned out
     
  14. I get to do my first turkey tomorrow. Thanks for all the advise. I'm going to brine mine tonight, then dry rub it. I'll keep you posted. 
     
  15. Here it is
    Very moist, but thighs not done. Longer smoking time needed
    Alton Brown's brine recipe is great.
     
  16. noshrimp

    noshrimp Smoke Blower

    That's a good looking bird. Great color. Thanks for sharing.
     

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