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Title: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on October 15, 2013, 03:19:45 PM
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Only 6 weeks away so you have some time to do test runs. Post up your Turkey questions here, and if you are a turkey pro, share your insights and recipes! Kettle, WSM, Kamado (LightningBoltdz- lol), oven (we'll try not to shame you), whatever works. There's a first time for everything, right?  8)
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: MacEggs on October 15, 2013, 03:46:10 PM
Thanksgiving was this past weekend, buddy!  :o :o :D ;)
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on October 15, 2013, 04:10:24 PM
Thanksgiving was this past weekend, buddy!  :o :o :D ;)

Soooooooo show us your turkey?!?!  8)
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Kilted_Griller on October 15, 2013, 07:42:54 PM
The KG Clan has done quite a few on the 22.5" roti. If anyone has any questions we will be happy to help. We're no experts, but we have some experience!
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on October 15, 2013, 08:27:35 PM
The KG Clan has done quite a few on the 22.5" roti. If anyone has any questions we will be happy to help. We're no experts, but we have some experience!


How big of a turkey, KG? How did you set up the charcoal?
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: salad on October 15, 2013, 08:37:47 PM
Just watched this episode of America's Test Kitchen and I'm inspired to try this.  SS Performer for the win!

http://www.americastestkitchen.com/video/index.php?docid=41866

Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: GC8 on October 16, 2013, 06:33:01 PM
Just watched this episode of America's Test Kitchen and I'm inspired to try this.  SS Performer for the win!

http://www.americastestkitchen.com/video/index.php?docid=41866

This is great!  Just more evidence that I need a Thermapen :)
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mrbill on October 16, 2013, 06:33:36 PM
planning to do a smoked full bird for my family this year(first time doing a whole turkey). gonna do a practice run this sunday(got an almost 11lb'er thawing in fridge now). is there a table that shows time per lb based on temps?
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: wyd on October 17, 2013, 05:27:59 AM
I'm going to do a test run this weekend.  Doing around a 14lb turkey with stuffing inside.  Need to see how long it will take me to do so on Thanksgiving day I have it done in time.  Will get some pics once its done.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Weber MD on October 17, 2013, 05:49:36 AM
Thanks for starting this thread PBE.  I've been wondering which of my Webers I would use to cook the Turkey this year - the Genesis 330 (I can hear the boos), one of the kettles, or the smoker.  I'm looking forward to seeing what other members are planning to do.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Weber MD on October 17, 2013, 11:27:19 AM
Just watched this episode of America's Test Kitchen and I'm inspired to try this.  SS Performer for the win!

http://www.americastestkitchen.com/video/index.php?docid=41866

Winner, winner, turkey dinner.  I'm with you salad - thanks for posting the vid!
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: MacEggs on October 17, 2013, 01:42:00 PM
Thanksgiving was this past weekend, buddy!  :o :o :D ;)

Soooooooo show us your turkey?!?!  8)


Okay ... no problem! Here is the thread from my Thanksgiving dinner from last weekend's dinner. 15 pound turkey.
I put some no-salt seasoning on the bird and under the skin. There was also dressing in the bird. This bird was not brined.  :-\ :-\
My Mom made the dressing. She learned this years ago ... use cheese cloth to wrap the dressing, then push it into the bird.
When the bird is removed from the cooker and before you allow it to rest, pull the dressing out ... makes it easier than spooning out.
I did not use water in the water pan. I foiled it with HD foil. I used a foil drip pan with about a litre of boiling water.
This provided plenty of liquid for gravy. The cooker ran in the 275-325 range and was done in 4 hours.


http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/off-topic/thanksgiving-in-canada-(pic-heavy)/


This was only my third whole turkey that I have smoked. I have brined the previous 2 using the brine from TVWB site.

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/turkey6.html

It's an excellent brine. I recommend it. I have yet to cook a turkey on a Weber kettle, but, hopefully someday soon.  :D

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Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: MacEggs on October 17, 2013, 03:23:49 PM
Lots of good info in this thread.


http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/grilling-bbqing/first-kettle-turkey/
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: HankB on October 17, 2013, 04:13:25 PM
Doing around a 14lb turkey with stuffing inside. 
I have been cooking stuffing separately for a couple years now. The problem with stuffing is it constrains cooking temperature because you have to get the stuffing through the "danger zone"  40 to 140F within four hours to be safe. And stuffing with eggs in it is about as dangerous as it gets. I stuff the cavity with sliced onions, oranges, rosemary sprigs, sage, garlic and so on. Add some flavor to the meat instead.

On the WSM or big kettle you can put stuffing in a pan below the turkey and benefit from the drippings that flavor it.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mike.stavlund on October 17, 2013, 08:01:11 PM
Great thread to get going, gums, and that's a great episode of America's Test Kitchen (damned shame that they dropped that lid on the handle so bad, though!-- that lid is really cratered around the handle). 

I've done a few turkeys over the years, and here are some highlights of what I've learned:

1.  I've squeezed a 19lb bird on the kettle, but I think the 12-14ers fit better and taste better. 

2.  Thawing a frozen bird takes at least twice as long as everyone says it will.  Buying fresh is a lot less hassle.

3.  If you're flexible with your timing, a great day to buy a fresh turkey is the day after Thanksgiving.  My wife is a nurse and often has to work on Thanksgiving, and the years where we've delayed dinner until later in the weekend have been times when we got our bird for next to nothing. 

4.  Brining works really well, though that ATK video has me thinking about trying a dry brine this year.  Having a more moist bird is great, but I think the real benefit of brining is the way in which the salt penetrates all the way to the center of the meat. 

5.  Totally my opinion, but I think turkeys work way better on the kettle than the WSM.  It's too hard to get the WSM up to a temp that will crisp up the skin, and you can put some smoke on your bird in the kettle as well. 
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: HankB on October 18, 2013, 05:14:51 AM
1.  I've squeezed a 19lb bird on the kettle, but I think the 12-14ers fit better and taste better. 

2.  Thawing a frozen bird takes at least twice as long as everyone says it will.  Buying fresh is a lot less hassle.

3.  If you're flexible with your timing, a great day to buy a fresh turkey is the day after Thanksgiving.  My wife is a nurse and often has to work on Thanksgiving, and the years where we've delayed dinner until later in the weekend have been times when we got our bird for next to nothing. 

4.  Brining works really well, though that ATK video has me thinking about trying a dry brine this year.  Having a more moist bird is great, but I think the real benefit of brining is the way in which the salt penetrates all the way to the center of the meat. 

5.  Totally my opinion, but I think turkeys work way better on the kettle than the WSM.  It's too hard to get the WSM up to a temp that will crisp up the skin, and you can put some smoke on your bird in the kettle as well.

1. I did a 27 pounder on my 18 WSM one year - by standing it on end and guying it in place with cotton cooking string. It was good but it was a bird my son raised so there is no comparison to a commercially raised bird.

2. A fresh bird is likely the only way to get one that has not been injected during processing. I have heard that virtually all frozen birds are injected during processing. I've been getting Hoka turkeys the last couple years. We're close enough to the farm to pick up directly but we can order from a local grocery which is a lot more convenient.

3. Have to keep that in mind as the DIL is also a nurse and frequently works Thanksgiving so she can get Christmas off. And it's an excuse not to shop in Black Friday. ;)

4. Probably not a good idea to brine a bird that has already been injected. Check the label!

5. This is one spot where a 26 really shines. :D I've used Alton Brown's strategy of starting at 500F for 20 minutes then tenting the breast with a foil shield and finishing at 350F. OTOH while the skin on a smoked bird is rubbery, the flavor of the meat is pretty good.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: landgraftj on October 18, 2013, 08:02:43 AM
Hank how are the Hoka birds? Expensive? Good taste? I've got a few places local to me that will carry them in Nov and Dec and was thinking of trying one out prior to Thanksgiving as a trial run.
Title: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Bbqmiller on October 18, 2013, 05:28:29 PM
I have a local butcher that gets free range birds from PA (I am in NJ). These look and taste nothing like the big store brands. Last year did an apple brine, and smoked on the WSM ( no water in pan). It was the one of the best I have done. I may try to do one on the 22.5 roti this year.
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Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Kilted_Griller on October 18, 2013, 05:29:27 PM
The KG Clan has done quite a few on the 22.5" roti. If anyone has any questions we will be happy to help. We're no experts, but we have some experience!


How big of a turkey, KG? How did you set up the charcoal?

Sorry for the delay pbe...

The largest we did was a 19lb'er. Used rails on the side, 5 slots in.  25 coals on each side for the first 45 mins. Then we added 10 coals every hour to each side. The Weber roti had no problem turning it once I got it balanced. It took about 6 hrs then we covered it and let it sit for 30 mins. Hope this helps!

Slainte!
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: HankB on October 18, 2013, 06:23:48 PM
Hank how are the Hoka birds? Expensive? Good taste? I've got a few places local to me that will carry them in Nov and Dec and was thinking of trying one out prior to Thanksgiving as a trial run.
They're not cheap. I like to think they are a better bird but I have not done a side by side comparison. Here is the FAQ from the grower which will tell you pretty much what I know about them. http://www.hokaturkeys.com/faqs.htm I get them fresh and they are not injected. I've also done frozen/injected birds and the last time I did so, one of the folks eating it told me it was the best turkey she ever tasted. ("No, seriously, this is the best.")

The variety of fonts on their web page tells me they're not a slick commercial enterprise (or they're slick enough to fool me. ;) )
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mike.stavlund on October 19, 2013, 05:19:33 PM
Hank makes a great point:  make *sure* that your bird has not already been brined or 'enhanced' before you dry or wet brine it. 

...brining a bird at the factory is a great way to add to the salable weight of the bird, which is why so many processors do it.  But they won't do it as well as any of us would, so we need to avoid the 'enhanced' birds. 
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on October 19, 2013, 08:28:17 PM
Hank makes a great point:  make *sure* that your bird has not already been brined or 'enhanced' before you dry or wet brine it. 

...brining a bird at the factory is a great way to add to the salable weight of the bird, which is why so many processors do it.  But they won't do it as well as any of us would, so we need to avoid the 'enhanced' birds.

Great point, Mike. Do you recommend licking the turkey during prep to make sure it's not enhanced ?
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: HankB on October 20, 2013, 05:18:13 AM
Great point, Mike. Do you recommend licking the turkey during prep to make sure it's not enhanced ?
Not unless you like Sam 'n Ella!  :o
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: colin.p on October 20, 2013, 07:56:44 AM
Great thread to get going, gums, and that's a great episode of America's Test Kitchen (damned shame that they dropped that lid on the handle so bad, though!-- that lid is really cratered around the handle). 

I've done a few turkeys over the years, and here are some highlights of what I've learned:

1.  I've squeezed a 19lb bird on the kettle, but I think the 12-14ers fit better and taste better. 

2.  Thawing a frozen bird takes at least twice as long as everyone says it will.  Buying fresh is a lot less hassle.

3. If you're flexible with your timing, a great day to buy a fresh turkey is the day after Thanksgiving.  My wife is a nurse and often has to work on Thanksgiving, and the years where we've delayed dinner until later in the weekend have been times when we got our bird for next to nothing. 

4.  Brining works really well, though that ATK video has me thinking about trying a dry brine this year.  Having a more moist bird is great, but I think the real benefit of brining is the way in which the salt penetrates all the way to the center of the meat. 

5.  Totally my opinion, but I think turkeys work way better on the kettle than the WSM.  It's too hard to get the WSM up to a temp that will crisp up the skin, and you can put some smoke on your bird in the kettle as well.

That's how I got rid of a larger than normal left over fresh turkeys I had from this Thanksgiving. I had around 20, or so, to get rid of and I categorically refused to freeze them, so I blew them all out at .99 lb. Alot better than the $2.49 lb they were selling prior to the holiday Monday.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mrbill on October 21, 2013, 05:09:00 AM
first bird done. pics can be found here http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/grilling-bbqing/thanksgiving-practice-run/ .

had a request for cook info to be posted here and as I think it's a good idea, gonna give a bit more detail in the hopes that it helps someone out.

so here goes-
I've never done a whole turkey prior to this ever, to include other methods of cooking. Decided since I have a smoker and my sister usually hosts Thanksgiving at her place that I would offer to cook the bird this year so she doesn't have to worry about as much. She agreed. So I start doing my internet research about methods/temperatures...etc. Now as I'd never done one before, I didn't want my first time to be the big day in case I flubbed up. Wanted to be able to learn from and correct any mistakes before it was too late. On Wednesday after work, I went to the store and bought a frozen turkey that weighed just under 11 pounds. While selecting him, there was a blurb on the package that said it may contain up to x% of whatever solution. while it didn't say "enhanced" I figured they were in essence telling me it was. This is important because the solutions they use to enhance meats contains sodium. One popular method of preparing a turkey is to brine them before cooking. There is a good chance that if you brine an already enhanced meat that the end result will be too salty(I've experienced this w/a pork roast because I didn't check the package well enough beforehand). So no brine for this gobbler. When I got home, I put it in the fridge to thaw. large pieces of meat are best thawed slowly in a refrigerator so that you don't run the risk of spoilage on the outer areas before the inside is fully thawed. And there it sat. Fast forward to Friday. Got home from work and checked on the progress. I could still feel it frozen in a few places. Taking a calculated risk, I pulled it out and sat it on the counter for an hour or so to give a boost, but not leave it out too long, then back in the fridge. On Saturday afternoon I decided to start prepping. Pulled it out and removed it from the packaging. it was still frozen in some places. I removed the included gravy packet and set it in the fridge. then I removed the neck and assorted bits from the body cavity and discarded. Once that was done, I surveyed my quarry. There was still ice in between the ribs inside and some frost and frozen places. Pulled out all the ice I could and let it sit for a few minutes. Then rubbed it inside and out w/Tony Chachere's Salt Free Seasoning. I put more inside than out. And back into the fridge it went. Sunday morning, I got up and fired up my 18.5 WSM. I didn't want to go hot and fast and risk burning it, but I didn't want to take all day going low and slow. Decided to cook at 275 which takes about 20-25min per pound giving me a cook time between 3hrs 40min and 4hrs 35min. While letting the initial white smoke to clear and let the bullet warm up, I pulled the bird out of the fridge. I took two sandwich sized ziplock bags filled with ice and placed them on the breasts while the bird sat on the counter. The breasts finish sooner than the thighs, but by keeping them cooler, they will finish near the same time and prevent you from having dry white meat. After the bullet was heated up, holding steady and puffing thin blue, I put the turkey on the top rack and a pan underneath to catch the drippings. Time on was about 1240pm. Went out from time to time to make sure the temps weren't dipping or spiked. Vent tap here, vent tap there and no problemo. At two hours, I could resist peaking, so I did and snapped a pic. Started checking meat temps at about 3.5hrs. Just shy of the 4hr mark, I pulled it for a planned 30min rest in the cooler after wrapping with parchment paper and foil. The rest turned into an hour because the wife decided she wanted rice instead of green beans and I figured let the sucker rest while I made the rice. At this time I cooked up the included gravy packet and added the drippings for flavor. The end result can be seen in the link. Hope this helps
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: HankB on October 21, 2013, 07:20:56 AM
I didn't want my first time to be the big day in case I flubbed up.

... I took two sandwich sized ziplock bags and placed them on the breasts while the bird sat on the counter.
Good point! I almost never try anything new on company. Family yes... ;)

WRT the ziploc bags, I think you meant to type "ziploc bags with some ice cubes."
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mrbill on October 21, 2013, 08:56:09 AM
WRT the ziploc bags, I think you meant to type "ziploc bags with some ice cubes."

yes, thanks for the catch
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: wyd on October 21, 2013, 07:13:22 PM
Sunday I decided to grill up my practice turkey I bought on Friday.  It was a fresh 14lb one from Giant.  I decided to inject the turkey since I didn't brine it.  I used butter creole from Cajun Injection.  Then before the turkey was ready to go I took 1lb of ground sausage and cooked it up and then added it to my stuffing.  The sausage is something I added as an extra so you can do whatever you like.  Took my stuffing and then filled the turkey with it.  I rubbed some fresh lemon on the turkey to open up the pores a little more.  Once the charcoal was ready I rubbed a little virgin olive oil on the turkey (breast side down for first 2 hours and then breast side up til done).  Cooked at just a tad under 290 degrees on the grill.  Took a total of 4 hours 12 minutes.  It was very juicy as I was cutting.  You could see the juice running out of the meat.

Have to give credit.  I used this cooking technique and recipe from BBQ Pit Boys.  Main difference is I added the sausage.  I used most of the video as a guide line for the cook.  Don't be afraid to try it as it worked perfectly on the first try.  I have nothing at all to do with their website.  Just use the recipes they show to guide me since I'm new to grilling.  Been very helpful and honestly without those videos I would totally suck at grilling so I have to give props to them as its only fair.  Don't want anyone to think I came up with this stuff 100% on my own.  I didn't make the Wild Turkey gravy.  I just used the drippings minus the Wild Turkey.  You can again do as you like.
http://bbqpitboys.com/recipes/turkey-with-stuffing-and-wild-turkey-gravy#.UmUoI1NNk9U

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Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: colin.p on October 22, 2013, 02:50:36 PM
I agree on the sausage added to the stuffing. I use a pound of sausage meat and add a couple mashed potatoes to the stuffing, along with all the rest of the ingredients. It comes out so good, we eat the stuffing and throw the turkey away (well not really but the stuffing is pretty darn good).
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: wyd on October 23, 2013, 09:46:32 AM
I agree on the sausage added to the stuffing. I use a pound of sausage meat and add a couple mashed potatoes to the stuffing, along with all the rest of the ingredients. It comes out so good, we eat the stuffing and throw the turkey away (well not really but the stuffing is pretty darn good).
Adding a little bit of mashed potatoes into the stuffing sounds good.  I will add some for my Thanksgiving turkey for sure.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on October 23, 2013, 10:07:23 AM
This thread is awesome. Great work so far!
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: 1buckie on October 24, 2013, 07:17:14 AM


   Small Addition...............................

http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/grilling-bbqing/submitted-without-comment/
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on October 25, 2013, 10:51:28 PM


   Small Addition...............................

http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/grilling-bbqing/submitted-without-comment/

Thanks, Buckie!

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Anyone doing a test-run this weekend?
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on November 24, 2013, 07:11:55 PM
BUMP! T-4 days!
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mike.stavlund on November 27, 2013, 12:11:25 PM
This thread IS awesome!  And it got me all nostalgic:   http://weberkettleclub.com/blog/2013/11/27/weber-chronicles-magic/

Best wishes to everyone who heads outside to enact a great Thanksgiving tradition tomorrow.  May the wind be at your back, and may your coals stay hot. 
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Bbqmiller on November 27, 2013, 07:49:09 PM
I echo Mike's comments good luck to everyone. Here is a site with some good pointers in smoking a turkey.
http://www.amazingribs.com/recipes/chicken_turkey_duck/ultimate_smoked_turkey.html
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: mrbill on December 03, 2013, 04:32:04 AM
well, this time around, I used a 14lb'er. Injected the night before with Cajun Injector's Creole Butter. Pulled it out about an hour before going on the smoker and shoved two whole sweet onions in the cavity. I also put a bag of ice on the breasts. When the smoker was ready, tossed it on. No rub. Let her ride at 300 or so for a little over 4hours. I basted it w/the left over creole butter a few times during the cook. When it was done, I foiled it, wrapped in towels and slapped it in the cooler for the trip over to my sister's. It was in this state for about an hour. Deconstructed at my sisters and ate. I was great. Decent smoke flavor without being overpowering, tender as a mother's love and juicy as a fresh Georgia peach. I saved the wing, leg and thigh bones with some skin/meat attached and make stock w/them on Friday. I knew there would be a lot of pic threads, so I didn't take a lot of pics. Anyway, here it is about to come off the smoker next to some moinks and taters.

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Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: pbe gummi bear on December 03, 2013, 08:19:39 AM
Mr Bill that Turkey looks perfect!
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Aawa on December 04, 2013, 05:49:15 AM
Does anybody else deconstruct turkey/chicken like I do?

(http://i.imgur.com/etMMaSy.jpg)

I take off the wings and the drumsticks from the bird.  I then slice the breasts off the bones and and cut them into chunks (preserving the shape of the breasts) then take off the thighs and pull out the bone and slice those into chunks (preserving the shape of the thighs).  Then when I put it onto the serving platter, it just looks like a flattened bird.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: MacEggs on December 04, 2013, 08:13:59 AM
Does anybody else deconstruct turkey/chicken like I do?


I like it!  I want to try something like that or something similar to this NY Times video.


http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000002542844/how-to-carve-a-turkey.html?playlistId=100000001893495
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: Aawa on December 04, 2013, 08:29:13 AM
Does anybody else deconstruct turkey/chicken like I do?


I like it!  I want to try something like that or something similar to this NY Times video.


http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000002542844/how-to-carve-a-turkey.html?playlistId=100000001893495

I like leaving the skin on everything.  But that is how i deconstruct the bird, and slice it thicker than what he did, and presented it preserving the shape of each piece as opposed to just stacking the white and dark meat ontop of each other.
Title: Re: WKC Turkey Noob thread
Post by: 1buckie on November 17, 2014, 10:13:36 PM
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Forgot about this 'till now................