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Turkey Setup Help

QuadzillaQuadzilla Posts: 40
edited 6:18PM in EggHead Forum
Cooking my first turkey this year and am going to use the following setup;

Large BGE , I am removing the fire ring. It will be Fire box, Plate Setter legs down, roasting pan on top of green legs, grate on top of roasting pan.

I will be using a Digiq DX for temp control. Is there anything I should be concerned about with this setup?



  • If you are using the DigiQ why not just flip the plate setter and use the feet with the pan and the grid on the legs of the setter? Seems like you would have more room, allowing for a bigger bird.
  • I could do it either way with the plate setter. I tried the set up I described and I have plenty of room. I figured legs down would allow for more lump.
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,155
    Quad. I drew a sketch of your setup to visualize it. The way I see it, whether the legs are down without the firering, or legs up with firering, the p/s is more or less at the same level. If your pan can fit between the legs then I would do it legs up with firering, this'll allow you to easily fill the lump above the box.

    Also, are you planning to baste the gobbler mad max style? It so, it'll be hard to baste with the grid between the bird and the pan. Most folks use a V-rack to hold the bird inside the pan.

    Good luck and remember to take pictures!

  • why are you taking out the fire ring and then going legs down on the plate setter?? that defeats the purpose. .. . leave the fire ring in and put the plate setter in feet up...put the green feet on top of the plate setter with the roasting pan on top of that with a v-rack in the roasting pan with the bird in it don't even need the grid....

    have you seen my set up in the mad max turkey description?
  • Thanks for the replies;

    @Canugghead - I tried both setups and the one I described is slightly lower. I am not basting and will just be using the pan for drippings/gravy.

    @Mad Max - V-Rack is a great call. Thanks! I did see your setup and will give it a try for my next bird.
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    But you don't need a lot of lump to do a turkey. Just fill it to half the fire ring and you will still have a ton left when done.
    The pan being slightly higher or lower won't make much of a difference either way. I like to cook higher up in the egg but with a large bird I usually finding myself figuring our how to lower the pan in the egg.

    As for basting, I have found frequent opening of the dome will tend to dry out the meat if one doesn't baste well. Opening the dome often with out basting with chicken will tend to produce a crispier skin. However, the meat is also a little dryer.

    If you are not basting the bird, don't let the liquid in the pan cook dry.

    Max's tutorial is a great place to start and then modify to your liking.

    There was no basting with this bird.


    I was basting with this bird.

  • Thanks for the info GG! I am using a different recipe that will require opening once an hour to check level of liquid with no basting.

    I will post pics and results when done.
    Looking forward to seeing the results.

    Good cooking.

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