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  • h12mike
    Former Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 26
    • Highland Village, TX

    Turkey skin separation

    When carving the turkey yesterday, as recommended across the grain, the skin just separated from the meat slices. The bird was cooked to 165° @ 325° on my Egg. What do you think caused the skin to remove so easily? BTW, I had to leave the turkey in a warm oven @170° post cook for about an hour and a half prior to carving.
  • Beefchop
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 480
    • Lafayette, LA
    • XL Big Green Egg, Shirley Fabrication 24"x42" Patio Cooker

    #2

    I had the same issue with my turkey. I cooked it at 325 on my WSM until the breast reached 160 and the skin got crispy with a beautiful dark color--but separated when I carved the meat.

    I'm chalking it up to the fact that I separated my skin from the meat a little when I went under the skin to apply oil and the S&G rub. But I did observe that turkey skin, in general, seems to hang loose on the bird.

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    • PenskeFile
      Former Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 60
      • Georgetown, TX

      #3
      Mine did as well, but I didn't really think too much of it. I figured that since I had spread the rub under the skin (as well as on top) that the skin would be very loose.

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      • Huskee
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        #4
        Happens every time I do chicken too. The fat layer that attaches it renders out, it becomes just a wrapper after it cooks...all the more so if you lift & separate the skin to rub under it.

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        • h12mike
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          • Aug 2014
          • 26
          • Highland Village, TX

          #5
          Well, I feel much better now! I thought I really screwed something up. BTW, the turkey was moist and tasted awesome!

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          • _John_
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            • Jul 2014
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            #6
            A couple family members like skin, but everybody liked meat near the skin better. Put some rub under the skin and it seems to hold it on and mix with the fat and make it awesome.

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