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    Thanksgiving Practice!

    Well, I'm making a practice run on a Thanksigiving Turkey. I'm followimg AM's smoked turkey recipe. Just waiting on the celery for the gravy.
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    #2
    Sweet!!!

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      #3
      That's funny. I'm doing the same thing next weekend.

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      • Tally
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        Make sure you keep us posted on your cook. As will I.

      #4
      Doing next week as well if I can find a bird, are you guys using fresh ones from somewhere or just a Butterball?

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        #5
        I'd like to know too. I have only cooked fresh Honeysuckle (Pre-smoker days).

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          #6
          I've got a Butterball in flight position, thawing in the fridge, for a cook this weekend. It's a 13 pounder. It was either that or a 22 pounder at the grocery. No fresh turkeys available. Might as well give a shout out to my Mom by giving Butterball a try. She swears by BB.

          Kathryn

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          • _John_
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            Speaking of upcoming cooks, did you ever do a pork butt?

          • fzxdoc
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            Yes I did, John. In fact I just wrote about it with pics over on the general PBC Forum. It was a fantastic cook--a lot of fun with a great result.

            http://amazingribs.com/bbq_equipment...-barrel-cooker

            Scroll to the bottom of the page where the forum is.

            Maybe I should post it here in The Pit as well...

            Kathryn

          #7
          I typically look for the biggest chicken that I can find to play pretend turkey on Thanksgiving. At least it's better than tofurkey!!
          Which sounds downright dirty if you ask me.

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            #8
            Tally, Ya done good! What a great idea as I haven't done a turkey on my smoker yet. AM's recipe??

            I am doing one today or tomorrow. I am following MH's "Ultimate Smoked Turkey" recipe mostly. I got a Publix frozen 14 lb bird at $1.49/lb. The other brands were $3.00/lb or more. It looks like if it isn't TG or Christmas it is hard to find turkeys and if you do prices are high. I have it defrosted. Now I need figure if it has been injected or not and follow MH's recipe. I will try (try gives one the option to fail) to take pics and post the process

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              #9
              Marauderer, you can look on the Nutrition information label to see if your turkey has been injected/brined. If its sodium content is around 225 mg per 4 oz serving, then for sure it's been brined. Even though mine was a Butterball, I injected the thighs, legs, and breast with 1/4 lb of melted butter as Meathead recommended.

              I just smoked a frozen Butterball (took a week to defrost in the fridge) and wrote about it here. Since you're not using a PBC, you can follow Meathead's recommendations to the letter. I couldn't use a pan under the bird due to the design of the PBC, for example, so had to make my gravy with drippings from the chicken thighs that I roasted in the oven to put into my pan dressing.

              That Simon and Garfinkel rub is delicious on the bird. I halved the amount of ground bay leaf and ground sage, but otherwise used all of the amounts specified.

              Follow Meathead and you can't go wrong. The resulting turkey is absolutely delicious. Mine looked a little weird, but ohmigosh did it ever taste delicious!

              Kathryn

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                #10
                Kathryn, thank you for sharing your insights on the turkey. The only thing I am debating deviating is the rub. I have developed a Greek seasoning rub that is excellent on chicken and I am contemplating using that or the Simon and Garfunkel. I guess it will come down to what is in the cupboard to make the S&M rub. I will let you know how it goes.

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                • fzxdoc
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                  I'm really going to enjoy following along with your turkey cook, Marauderer. Have fun with it!

                  Kathryn

                #11
                I'm doing a Turkey Breast next Sunday! Can't wait to try it on my Good-One! It's been about 2 years since I did one and I did that indirect on a Weber Kettle.

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                • Tally
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                  I want a weber kettle with the smokinator. Hopefully come my birthday I will have one!

                • cdnichol
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                  When is your birthday so we can ask for pictures when the time comes of your possible future gift :P

                #12
                Originally posted by cdnichol View Post
                I'm doing a Turkey Breast next Sunday! Can't wait to try it on my Good-One! It's been about 2 years since I did one and I did that indirect on a Weber Kettle.
                Cam, Wow!! I looked at "The Good One". That is an awesome looking unit. It said it can be either a stick burner or charcoal?? Did I read it correctly?

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                • cdnichol
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                  I haven't used it as a stick burner but I have talked to a few members of group on Facebook of The Good One Owners that said they have and says it is just as easy to manage as Charcoal. I think they are pushing owners to use charcoal only now but you have the option. I use Royal Oak Lump in mines with no issues so far.

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                I fought a gusting wind starting 30 minutes into the cook and struggled to keep my temp but it still came out good. This was ar's recipe. The family that tried it loved it.
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                Last edited by Tally; September 26, 2014, 04:19 PM.

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                • cdnichol
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                  That looks nice! Great color!

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                Sliced breast
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                  #15
                  Originally posted by Tally View Post
                  I fought a gusting wind starting 30 minutes into the cook and struggled to keep my temp but it still came out good. This was am's recipe. The family that tried it loved it.
                  Tally, who is AM???

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