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  • ReDDoG
    Former Member
    • Oct 2016
    • 53
    • North carolina

    Smoking Turkey using bacon strips?

    Hello,I dry brined a 12lb turkey last nite.Injected it this morning and rubbed up good.Smoking at 300 for 2-3 hrs depending on when the breast hits 165 and dark meat 170.My question is this:Have you ever smoked a turkey and used bacon strips for flavor/maybe protect the white meat?Im sure the injection will help with moisture loss,thinking the bacon might be over the top - good or bad im not sure.Ive done that in the past but never on a turkey.Thanks upfront.
  • Steve R.
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 2322
    • Elizabethtown, KY
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    #2
    It could only improve the flavor, but it probably wouldn't do your turkey skin much good. I like mine crispy and I don't see how it could get that way with bacon on it. I suppose the skin could be removed and cooked separately. I've never tried that, but I hear that some do.

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    • kmhfive
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      • Mar 2017
      • 2988
      • Northern Illinois
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      #3
      Mmmmm....bacon! Never tried it, but it sure makes most everything taste better!

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      • ReDDoG
        Former Member
        • Oct 2016
        • 53
        • North carolina

        #4
        Yea im passing on bacon this time atleast for turkey.Steve made a good point about the skin.Thats important to me as well.

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        • RonB
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          • Apr 2016
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          • Near Richmond VA
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          #5
          You might try putting the bacon under the skin. That way it shouldn't affect the skin, but I think I'd try it with a chicken first. Either whole or a piece or two.

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          • texastweeter
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 2895
            • Republic of Texas

            #6
            Use bacon grease in the injection instead of butter

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            • Potkettleblack
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              Winner.

            • FireMan
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              Oh man! Question: have you tried it texastweeter?
              Last edited by FireMan; November 12, 2017, 04:32 PM.
          • ReDDoG
            Former Member
            • Oct 2016
            • 53
            • North carolina

            #7
            Bacon grease omg next time for sure.Didnt cross my mind.The grease when loose would be great i think.Thanks for the advice.

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