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Mad Max Turkey questions/problems--follow up to the follow up with pix, I hope (Warning, there are s
I thought I'd close the loop on my questions that you all so ably helped with earlier. The turkey came out pretty good and all ate and complimented my highly for it. Great Christmas day. Let me give a couple of postmortem observations first.[p]Max Max' ice bag treatment is of only limited value if one staggers out of bed early in the morning, starts the fire, and preps the bird after just removing it from the refrigerator, and then putting it on the fire as soon as possible. There isn't enough time to generate the necessary temperature differential between the breast and the rest of the turkey. Consequently my turkey was a touch dry in the breasts. I pulled it at 172 deg breast temp and 179 deg thigh temp. I noticed the white meat was a touch dry although not noticeable to anyone but me. [p]In spite of the admonitions of you fine folks things got a bit hectic inside and I didn't pay enough attention to the juices in the pan and they did get a little dark. As a result the gravy was a bit dark and strong. Please, Santa, give me a little more serenity next year.[p]On to the pictures. I discovered that Photobucket has revamped their site since TNW wrote his fine account of how to post pix here. Hopefully I understood enough and know enough html to get this right:[p][p]
[p][p]The charcoal load[p][p]
[p][p]Plate setter and spacers[p][p]
[p][p]Add my roasting pan and corner shields[p][p]
[p][p]The turkey is ready to go[p][p]
[p][p]In the egg, ready to cook. Note that Santa brought me a DigiQII[p][p]
[p][p]Here are my cooking temp probes as I had them for the duration.[p][p]
[p][p]One hour in, looks like a bionic bird. No more in progress pictures, things are getting hectic in the house.[p][p]
[p][p]Dinner going on the table. That's curried Butternut Squash soup for a starter.[p][p]
Here's the carved bird (1/2 of it). Sorry I didn't have a chance to shoot the bird prior to carving[p][p]