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Ken Mc

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need help with turkey
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:12:42 AM »
Hey all, I need some help with the cooking of a turkey. I have never done it before so I have no idea.
My main questions are:
1:  how to set up the coals. I was thinking about putting a 18" wsm charcoal ring in and loading coals around the outside, with water pan in the middle underneath for drippings.
2: cooking a 16 pound bird, so about how long? ( it should be around 48 degrees that day)
3: what temp? I was thinking around 325/350
ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and yes, using a kettle..lol..(2005 Performer)

Lookin' for a flat top 26"( not black) ,also in search of 18" brownie....


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Re: need help with turkey
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2012, 10:16:36 AM »
You're on the right track.....
Keep the temp up higher like you're planning, it will then get a cripiness to the skin that you can't get at lower temps....
If you want to make gravy, don't use water in your pan, start with chicken stock, the flavor isn't affected very much & it will create a good base to go from.....

Edit: This next part is for doing the turkey right down IN THE PAN ~~~>
( I read back over this & thought it might not be too clear...)

I don't have any pics, 'cause I haven't done this in a few years, due to the wife & others' wanting to do things "their" way, but for years, I've used an old steel pan (no plastic or rubber handles)& set it down on the charcoal grate, with coals all around.....
Wrap the wingtips & leg ends w/ foil to prevent burning, also a foil strip around the front of the breast at the lip of the pan up about two or so inches, to protect from the higher heat.....

Set on celery stalks (across the short way in the pan, to raise it up a bit off the bottom) & fill the pan up most of the way w/ chicken stock & spices....re-fill as it cooks down....
Smoke wood or not, your choice....Apple goes real good, or cherry, but too much cherry will turn things dark if you over-do it......
If you cook right in the pan, it's almost a given that it can't dry out; only way that can happen is if you go too long & the top of the breast may start to dry....
I'll almost always inject, Tony Charere's Creole butter is a real good one, or some of the different Cajun Injector brand flavors, depending on how your tastes run....
If injecting, there's pretty good directions in the packing, just try to spend a little time & get it thoroughly shot thru....
It's maybe just a hair faster than the equivalent hrs./ per lb. in the oven, but that will give you a general guideline to go by.....
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If on the grate or down in the pan, tent w/ foil late in the cook IF it's getting too dark of a skin.
That will slow down the browning a huge amont, if it's just a fairly loose tent, it's quick & easy to check where you're at......
Some folks will cut up apples & oranges & load the cavity to flavor some from the inside, works good....

I hope these ideas help, keep asking, if something seems not right.... :)

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« Last Edit: November 20, 2012, 05:18:27 PM by 1buckie »
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Re: need help with turkey
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 02:07:49 PM »
This is where I got the idea and techniques to do mine. Only difference here is I did a different brine. (I had already bought an apple/sage brine mix). I'm planning on doing another one at Christmas.