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Did a very basic roast turkey

Wanted to do a test turkey to see if Thanksgiving turkey on the Egg would be an option in my wife's eyes. She isn't big on smoked foods, so I did only charcoal, and it was mostly leftover from a previous run of doing a pork loin, so that the smoke flavor would be mild. Just a basic Harris Teeter Turkey (12 pounder), thawed, some salt and pepper on the skin, and that was it. I roughly followed the directions here: but I added some water to the drip pan for extra moisture, and when I let it rest I let it sit longer than 10 minutes.

Took about 3 hours and came out pretty good. I notice that one side was done earlier than the other ( I am glad I pulled the probe and stuck it in the other side), next time I need to do a full chimney of coals and make sure they are well scattered, I think one spot caught first and got going hotter sooner which pre-cooked that area. (it wasn't by the hinge, it was front left).  My wife was happy that it was a "pretty" turkey and that it was moist without a ton of smoke flavor, so it is definitely a go at this point for Thanksgiving which frees up the oven for other things. May try the Mad Max method unless my wife finds some other recipe she wants to try more. 


  • Correction, I did do two melted butter bastings.
  • I did Mad Max recipe last winter, all of it. It was good though I know it wasn't just right. It was a trying, long learning experience for my limited resources and ability. I may try it again this holiday season.
    Hood Stars, Wrist Crowns and Obsession Dobs!

  • We have done a variety of turkeys over the years, from simple to complex, and I typically defer to her as to how she wants to do it up. I am personally hoping for something simple.  : )
  • freddyjfreddyj Posts: 129
    Direct or indirect?
    Kamado Joe Big Joe, Classic & Junior
  • I like smoked turkey but i never add wood to the T-Giving bird. I do brine. do that and you will be required to do the bird from now forward.
    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
  • dihtndihtn Posts: 204
    Do you prefer a fresh turkey over one that has been frozen?
  • Did indirect, I was aiming for a roasted bird, and while fresh has advantages, I am too cheap and buy frozen. The test bird was $.99/pound, and I am hoping for a sale this week or next to get the Thanksgiving one even cheaper. 
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