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mrbill

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Thanksgiving Practice Run
« on: October 20, 2013, 12:33:00 PM »
Doing my first whole turkey ever today. Just shy of 11 pounds. Rubbed it inside and out w/Tony Chachere's Salt Free Seasoning and left it in the fridge overnight.

Goin on the WSM at 275.



About two hours in




Gonna start checking temps in about 45min or so. Will post the finished and plated pics later.
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1buckie

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 01:16:45 PM »


 Awright, mrbill !!!!

 And..........where else do you see a turkey cookin' with a sweet ole' Blue in the background?



Almost nowhere.........except WKC !!!!!


 Looks really nice so far.........should be delectable at the end !!!!!!
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mrbill

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 01:36:49 PM »
Here it is coming off before getting a parchment paper/foil wrap and into the cooler for a 30min rest.

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Kilted_Griller

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2013, 02:24:45 PM »
looks AWESOME!!! Well Done!!
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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2013, 03:10:50 PM »
mrbill,

How did the skin turn out - was it crispy? It looks crispy.  I was thinking about doing the Thanksgiving turkey on the WSM but was afraid that the temp wouldn't get high enough to crisp up the skin and that it would be soggy/rubbery.

mrbill

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2013, 03:31:28 PM »
Well, the 30 min rest wound up being an hour.

Carving into the breast.



Plated w/some brown rice



After thoughts-
Very happy with it especially considering it's my first whole turkey of any type.  The seasoning added a very peppery flavor to everything(drippings were collected and added to the included gravy packet). While a very good flavor, I'm gonna have to think of something less peppery when it comes to the big day since not all of my family likes their food to have a nice bite to it.

Thanks for looking.
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mrbill

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 03:33:18 PM »
mrbill,

How did the skin turn out - was it crispy? It looks crispy.  I was thinking about doing the Thanksgiving turkey on the WSM but was afraid that the temp wouldn't get high enough to crisp up the skin and that it would be soggy/rubbery.

a bit tough. even w/the longer rest, it wasn't rubbery at all. not leather by any means though. the skin on the legs and wings was the worst. the thigh and breast skin was actually pretty good.
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mrbill

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 04:02:06 PM »
just realized I forgot to say that the fuel was some of the last of my stash of the Wal-Mart branded RO briquettes and some pecan wood for smoke.
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Bbqmiller

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Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2013, 04:40:09 PM »
Nice looking bird.

1buckie

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2013, 05:43:54 AM »


 Sharp cookup !!!!


Real nice lookin' finish on this............... 8)
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MINIgrillin

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2013, 05:19:46 PM »
looks good!  Im having a turkey-off with sister this year.  I need to do a tester before the big day.  I havent ever cooked one yet either let alone grill one.

Nice use of a potato to hold temp probe BTW
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mrbill

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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2013, 06:37:37 PM »
Nice use of a potato to hold temp probe BTW

thanks, it's all I could think of to keep the probe near the grate w/o having the heat induction from metal(ie-a foil holder).
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Ethang

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Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2013, 06:18:48 AM »
That looks great.


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Re: Thanksgiving Practice Run
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2013, 05:49:09 AM »
After thoughts-
Very happy with it especially considering it's my first whole turkey of any type.  The seasoning added a very peppery flavor to everything(drippings were collected and added to the included gravy packet). While a very good flavor, I'm gonna have to think of something less peppery when it comes to the big day since not all of my family likes their food to have a nice bite to it.

Looks great!

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