We were fully prepared to make our 3rd Mad Max Turkey for our family. Woke up at 5 a.m. to start the Egg - in the pouring rain. But we had our patio umbrella in place and the looftlighter and thought we were invincible.
We really didn't have the natural light available when we started the egg to know whether the air holes were "clean." After 1.5 hours of waiting for the temps to rise above 225, my husband "eggcidentally" pulled out the low grate out of position trying to clear the airholes with the firepit poker. Needless to say, he felt like an egghole. And, I was pretty upset.
BUT, we had to change direction and cook the bird in the convection oven. AND because we were so tired and PO'ed with each other, we ended up putting the bird in the oven breast down. Once we realized the error of our ways, we righted the bird, rubbed some more butter on the chest, sprinkled some dried herbs on plain white chest region and hoped for the best.
Turkey turned out just as good as if we had egged it, despite our stupidity. I guess this whole story is for those folks who think the Mad Max scenario applies exclusively to Egged turkeys. It doesn't. It can be made in the oven too, in worst case scenarios. And the bird and gravy turn out just as good.
Thanks Max for sharing a fool-proof way to cook turkey. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.