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MacEggs

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My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:30:33 AM »
I have smoked whole turkeys before, but only on the ECB.
Had to give it a go on a Weber kettle.

A big thanks to all of you who have posted their kettle cooked turkeys! Great inspiration.  :D :D

Picked up this 11.5lb bird before the holidays for 75/lb. Couldn't pass on this price.
It was a utility bird, so it was missing the wing tip on one side, and tip and wing on the other.












I put together a simple brine.
Used just over 6 litres of water, plus:
1 cup Kosher salt
cup sugar
cup minced garlic
1 orange (quartered)
2 trays of ice cubes

(also put the neck and heart in the brine)






20 hours in the brine. Removed, and gave it a good rinse, and patted dry.
Back into the fridge for the air dry stage. About 5 hours in this case.




I wanted to use the 2 baskets I fabricated last summer, as well as a drip pan.
I loaded each basket with lump, but not too full.




The drip pan consisted of celery, onion, neck and heart, plus some seasoning. Then added 1 litre of boiling water.
10 lit briquettes on each basket.






The outside temperature was around 40℉ with some light rain.
Sure beats the polar vortex we endured earlier this week.  :-\

The bird going on. Some onion and apple chunks in the cavity. Some foil on the grate to prevent possible charring.
1 chunk of apple wood on each basket. I kept the intakes fully open for most of the cook.
After 15 minutes, the ET-73 was reading 250+.






After 1 hour ... that was fast!




Removed after close to 2.5 hours. Rested for a bit then carved.










Had plenty of drippings. Removed the celery pieces, and the neck and heart ... promptly ate the heart - delicious!
Then put all the liquid in the blender for a quick break-down of any chunks ... about 5 seconds.
Didn't use all the liquid, as there was a lot! Saved what we didn't use for future gravy.

Added some water / flour mixture to thicken. No added salt was required. It was just right.  :)








The remaining charcoal. Appears some of the lump did not catch.
Over-all, a great cook-up. Thanks for looking.  :D











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salad

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 08:24:03 AM »
That bird looks fantastic!  Nice job and nice kettle!
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MaxBobcat

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 08:44:39 AM »
love to see cooks on ole mbh's.  well done!

Jeff

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 11:03:16 AM »
Looks so tender.  I bet it tasted superb!
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Prof.

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 12:13:34 PM »
great! if I were to make a turkey for sure I would choose this your preparation..
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Weber MD

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 12:46:16 PM »
Love the plate pic!

wyd

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014, 07:14:29 PM »
Looks great.  Plated up looks awesome.
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jcnaz

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014, 04:23:05 AM »
Very nice! :)

I like your baskets too.

A bunch of black kettles
-JC

OGlenn

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014, 07:59:09 PM »
Nice cook there!  This will be the first weekend since Early November that I'm not doing a turkey on the 22". My oven will never have another turkey in it. It's just so right on a grill.
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Craig

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My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2014, 03:19:16 AM »
Great looking bird, Mac! There's so many ways to prep and flavor/brine these that I think I'll be eating turkey a couple more times throughout the year. I've always been a turkey junky but now that I've done them on the kettle.....I'm going to need to get my fix more often. Nice job!



Oh and +1 for doing the turkey on an MBH! They are my favorite! :)
« Last Edit: January 18, 2014, 03:21:24 AM by Craig »

nuts4ribs

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Re: My First Kettle Cooked Turkey
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2014, 01:16:27 AM »
LOOKING GOOD!! You're a genius on the Weber.