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  • kmwweiskircher
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 50
    • Middleton, Idaho

    Turkey, Grumble, grumble, grumble...

    Excited to be smoking my first turkey, BUT didn't read anywhere that you could almost DISLOCATE your shoulder spatchcocking the thing!! I had to get on a step ladder to be high enough to apply enough pressure to break the #!*% breast bone. Still not sure if the pop was the breast bone or my shoulder! Finally got the turkey on the smoker, sat down in front of the TV only to remember I need a 12 step program for my football withdrawals. Can't wait for my turkey to be done...
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 8703
    • Kansas Territory
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      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
      (Lime Green)
      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



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      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
      Orange Thermapen Mk4
      Pink Thermapen Mk4
      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
      ThermoWorks Smoke
      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
      4 Pro Series cable extensions
      Smoke Gateway

      Accessories:
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      2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
      BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
      Warming shelf
      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
      Backyard Grill marinade injector
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      Bear Paws
      Meat Rakes
      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



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      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

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      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
      Crock sticks
      Diamond stones, various
      Lansky Sharpening System

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      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

    #2
    kmwweiskircher I hope that yer shoulder is okay, an' yer turkey is fantastic!!!!

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    • richinlbrg
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1845
      • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
      • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

      #3
      With a sharp knife, score either side of the breastbone. It'll flatten out easy peasy.

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      • Steve B
        Club Member
        • Jun 2016
        • 2854
        • Rockland county New York
        • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
          Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

          22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

          Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

          1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
          1 maverick et-733 - gray
          1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
          1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
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          Pre Miala flavor injector
          taylor digital scale
          TSM meat grinder
          chefs choice food slicer
          cuisinhart food processor
          food saver vacuum sealer
          TSM harvest food dehydrator

        #4
        Maybe your turkey was on steroids? Haha. But seriously show us some pics of this bird when done. Also what kind of smoker are you using? Hope your shoulder is OK.

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        • kmwweiskircher
          kmwweiskircher commented
          Editing a comment
          I'm smoking on the Good One Open Range I won : ) The turkey is a 21 pounder, (which MIGHT not fit on the grill spatchcocked...) I was reading the "dumb question" thread, feeling pretty dumb! Ended up quartering the turkey. (My response is too long so I have to finish on another post!)

        • Steve B
          Steve B commented
          Editing a comment
          Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I was doing snow clean up and making my own dinner. But from what I see you pulled off your cook pretty well. The pic below looks great. Congrats.
      • kmwweiskircher
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 50
        • Middleton, Idaho

        #5
        I'm having trouble getting the temp back up to 325 after putting the turkey on. The temp dropped to 240 after opening the lid and putting the turkey in. It's been over an hour and the temp is only up to 280. I've added hot coals. Any ideas?

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        • richinlbrg
          richinlbrg commented
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          What are you cooking on?

        • kmwweiskircher
          kmwweiskircher commented
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          The Good One Open Range

        • richinlbrg
          richinlbrg commented
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          Unfortunately, I am not familiar with it. Is your temp probe >2" from the bird? A chunk of wood will increase your temp (mild wood, Apple or cherry would be good, I think). I actually close down my intake vents a bit to increase temp (counterintuitive, certainlyI).
          Wish I could be more helpful!
      • lschweig
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 983
        • Oswego, Il

        #6
        I am unfamiliar with your cooker, but would think to open the intake and perhaps the exhaust vent some.

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        • kmwweiskircher
          kmwweiskircher commented
          Editing a comment
          Thanks. I did that and the temp is creeping up. I'm at 300 now. Do you know if the type of charcoal makes a difference? The instructions call for lump coal, but I had Kingford Brickettes in the garage and used those.

        • lschweig
          lschweig commented
          Editing a comment
          Most of us use original Kingsford. If I remember right for higher temps use Kingsford competition.

          Hopefully you will be able to get it up to the 325-400 range.

        • lschweig
          lschweig commented
          Editing a comment
          If your bag of Kingsford was open you may be suffering from humidity retained in the charcoal and that always creates problems.

          I f you haven't already crank both the intake and exhaust vent full open and monitor closely. Upon seeing the temps rising shut it back as the temps will continue to rise.
      • LarryO47
        Former Member
        • Feb 2017
        • 470
        • Unadilla, New York

        #7
        Get a PBC and do a whole turkey. Problem solved.

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        • kmwweiskircher
          kmwweiskircher commented
          Editing a comment
          That may have to be my next one! I think the hubs will take that over though!

        • lschweig
          lschweig commented
          Editing a comment
          She won this in one of the monthly giveaways within the last two months I think. Sounds like her first cook.

        • kmwweiskircher
          kmwweiskircher commented
          Editing a comment
          I did win it! Hubby did a half brisket and a slab of ribs last weekend. This was my first cook on the smoker. I'm used to a COS, so it will take a bit for me to get used to it. I'm sure putting the drip/gravy pan underneath and over crowding the top rack had something to do with my temp troubles.
      • kmwweiskircher
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 50
        • Middleton, Idaho

        #8
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ID:	274858 While I was worrying about temps at least it kept cooking! I forgot to cover the wing tops and legs.

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        • kmwweiskircher
          kmwweiskircher commented
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          wing tips

        • JCBBQ
          JCBBQ commented
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          That looks pretty dang good!
      • lschweig
        Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 983
        • Oswego, Il

        #9
        Looks really good and you obviously rose to the occasion despite you challenges.

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        • tbob4
          Charter Member
          • Nov 2014
          • 2255
          • Chico, CA
          • BBQ's
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          #10
          Great job and congrats on the win again. I'm excited you got to try it out and are sharing. I know the weather was bad before. The photos are really good. I use the Kingsford Comp because I am using it to start wood and it gets good and hot. It doesn't hold as long as the Blues, though. Since this is your first go around on the unit I would expect it to be a little inconsistent. You probably need a few cooks to season it up and learn it. Based on your photos your learning curve is very short!

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          • DWCowles
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 9762
            • Smiths Grove, Ky
            • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

            #11
            Beautiful!

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            • Mr. Bones
              Birthday Hat Master
              • Sep 2016
              • 8703
              • Kansas Territory
              • Grills / Smokers
                *********************************************

                Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                (Lime Green)
                Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



                Thermometers:
                *********************************************
                Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                Orange Thermapen Mk4
                Pink Thermapen Mk4
                ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                ThermoWorks Smoke
                ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                4 Pro Series cable extensions
                Smoke Gateway

                Accessories:
                *********************************************
                2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                Warming shelf
                MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                Backyard Grill marinade injector
                Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                Bear Paws
                Meat Rakes
                BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



                Cookware:
                Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                Cutlery, etc.:
                Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                Crock sticks
                Diamond stones, various
                Lansky Sharpening System

                Tableware
                Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

              #12
              Looks like some delish yardbird!!!! Nice job, yer only gonna git better as ya' get used to that cooker!
              Congrats on all!!!

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              • LarryO47
                Former Member
                • Feb 2017
                • 470
                • Unadilla, New York

                #13
                Very nice!!!!!

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                • richinlbrg
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 1845
                  • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
                  • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

                  #14
                  GREAT COOK!!

                  CONGRATS on your win and thanks for posting the results. Hope you enjoyed it!

                  Comment

                  • BGWolf
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 145
                    • Central Pennsylvania
                    • Central Pennsylvania

                      XL Big Green Egg
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                      Thermapen
                      MAPP Torch

                      Charcoal: Rockwood, Wicked Good
                      Rubs: Memphis Dust, Mrs. O'Leary's Cow Crust, Dalmatian Rub
                      Sauces: Adam Perry Lang BBQ Sauce, Alabama White Sauce

                    #15
                    I bought a inexpensive pair of tin snips at Harbor Freight. They are the best pair of poultry shears that I've ever owned. No issues spatchcocking turkey!

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                    • kmwweiskircher
                      kmwweiskircher commented
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                      Great idea! After watching Alton Brown, I have a box cutter to score the out side of a ham, pull off tough skin and some fat, then mist with bourbon...YUM! Sounds like I'll be adding another tool to my gadget drawer! Box cutter, tin snips...who knew! Thanks

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