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Foster Dahlet

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2017, 06:06:19 AM »
you are not crazy.  you will love doing it on the grill.  but, make sure you brine the turkey overnight.  if you brine it, the turkey will be more forgiving if you overshoot the temp....plus it will taste much better.... all the methods mentioned above will work.....you have lots of options.  practice it at least once before the big day.....it will make the experience much more relaxing on Thanksgiving, because you will know exactly what you are doing.
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addicted-to-smoke

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2017, 07:15:17 AM »
I need to look around and see what might be lurking in storage for a container. If nothing turns up I may get one of these: http://www.thebriner.com

Schaefd2

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2017, 09:29:58 AM »
I am in Ohio and I have always used my cabinet smoker to smoke two medium turkeys. This year, I have two 22's so I am thinking about using the roti on one and spatchcocking the other. For the spatchcock one, I plan to snake my fuel to help cook the bird evenly. In the roti, I will just dump the coals on one side and let it spin.

I always stuff my birds with sliced apples and use apple wood. Every loves it. I even did one "beercan chicken" style except with Dr Pepper. People loved that as well.
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FTTH

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2017, 10:30:19 AM »
How do you prevent the oven thermometer from gunking up? Is there any trick to keeping it clean? Mine after a few cooks is illegible until I take some bartenders helper to it.


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Travis

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Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2017, 10:47:44 AM »
How do you prevent the oven thermometer from gunking up? Is there any trick to keeping it clean? Mine after a few cooks is illegible until I take some bartenders helper to it.


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I scrape mine off with a razor. Just watch ye fingers!


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Getting time to bundle up and keep those kettles warm. Place coffee cup on the lid and itíll keep it nice and hot.
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addicted-to-smoke

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2017, 02:30:31 PM »
"Clean your thermometer with this one weird trick!"

At about $6-$10, I consider them disposable after awhile. Also, I've never successfully cleaned one but I might try Travis' razor trick.

Also, analog dial thermometers don't stay accurate forever, and will eventually read too low. Successful preservation will eventually work against you there.

Or you could invest in a digital thermometer set with two probes like the Maverick 732, 733 or the Thermoworks Smoke.

Schaefd2

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2017, 03:22:26 PM »
Iíve done the razor trick on thermometers and on wood burning tips. Success in both applications.


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moosehead

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2017, 03:54:36 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to give a go on my weber.
Now I just have to decide on a brine, and a way to keep it cold. Fridge might be a little full.


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Travis

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2017, 05:10:01 PM »
Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to give a go on my weber.
Now I just have to decide on a brine, and a way to keep it cold. Fridge might be a little full.


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Ice and a cooler work well too


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Getting time to bundle up and keep those kettles warm. Place coffee cup on the lid and itíll keep it nice and hot.
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1buckie

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2017, 07:56:40 AM »
How do you prevent the oven thermometer from gunking up? Is there any trick to keeping it clean? Mine after a few cooks is illegible until I take some bartenders helper to it.


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How do you prevent the oven thermometer from gunking up? Is there any trick to keeping it clean? Mine after a few cooks is illegible until I take some bartenders helper to it.


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I scrape mine off with a razor. Just watch ye fingers!


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Iíve done the razor trick on thermometers and on wood burning tips. Success in both applications.


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.....once you get it cleared, oil the glass BEFORE you cook.....wipes right off afterwards in most all cases....

I need to look around and see what might be lurking in storage for a container. If nothing turns up I may get one of these: http://www.thebriner.com


Go to your local grocery & ask the bakery dept. if they have any large size frosting or dough containers that they're going to toss or recycle......food grade plastic, usually with a lid !!!!
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Foster Dahlet

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2017, 09:52:10 AM »
I need to look around and see what might be lurking in storage for a container. If nothing turns up I may get one of these: http://www.thebriner.com
I got the Briner for my birthday.  It is very helpful....a lot easier than the XL Ziplocs

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I like my Kettles like my coffee....strong and black.

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MacEggs

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2017, 10:01:45 AM »
I need to look around and see what might be lurking in storage for a container. If nothing turns up I may get one of these: http://www.thebriner.com

Go to your local grocery & ask the bakery dept. if they have any large size frosting or dough containers that they're going to toss or recycle......food grade plastic, usually with a lid !!!!

A good idea Ö. Also, check a wine-making place.  They will have 5 gallon pails that they might give away for free.  Worth checking.


How do you prevent the oven thermometer from gunking up? Is there any trick to keeping it clean? Mine after a few cooks is illegible until I take some bartenders helper to it.

Spray-Nine is an excellent de-greaser.  I have used it for the above problem with no issues.

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mufffinman

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2017, 06:32:44 AM »
Do mine with the SNS indirect spatchcocked and most important legs toward the SNS.  I have my probe in the breast and pull it when it gets to 160' the dark meat closer to the heat will be higher like you want it, but the breast will dry out at higher temps,  BUT DO GO LOWER THAN 160!!!!.  Amazing Ribs has a great article.

addicted-to-smoke

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2017, 07:47:19 AM »
Why do you pull it at 160 but also say to pull it lower than 160?

SMOKE FREAK

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Re: Thinking about grilling a turkey this thanksgiving. Am I crazy?
« Reply #29 on: November 12, 2017, 09:01:07 AM »
I would definitely brine your bird before grilling or smoking...It's extra insurance in case you do overshoot the temp a bit...