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Darn good turkey by accident...a harrowing tale

Ohio Boy in DCOhio Boy in DC Posts: 67
edited 5:49PM in EggHead Forum
So I invite everyone over for dinner last night and I'm doing a frozen turkey I got after the Thanksgiving holiday...[p]Dinner's at 6:30 so I go to start my egg at 3:00 knowing I need about 3 hours for an 18lb bird...[p]Well, when I used the Egg for some Steaks the night before I had forgot to shut the bottom slide vent just enought to burn through all the charcoal in the egg. Murphy's law being what it is, I was also down to the dregs in my last bag of hardwood charcoal.[p]So all I've got is a bag of alder left from some Salmon smoking, and just enough charcoal to get a bed of coals. I get the turey on and throw two big chunks of Alder wood on top of the coals. Of course I learn that the burning wood is only getting the egg up to 275, and I've got guests coming.[p]So I run upstairs, grab my wife's hair dryer, and blow through the bottom slide vent until the temp gauge gets to then takes about 20 minutes before the temp drops back down to 275.[p]So here I am every 45 minutes, dropping 2 chunks of Alder wood, using a hair dryer on my egg, and going back in the house for 20 minutes.[p]I'll be damned if that wasn't the best turkey I've done so far on the ugly blackened skin but everyone was raving as the dark meat sucked up the smoke and stood up to it and the white meat just got touched with a little smoke.
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