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If we are going to play like Turkeys!

allsidallsid Posts: 402
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
Countdown to Sunday night football.  I have a feeling we are going to play like Turkeys against the Ravens, so I made one as an insurance policy.  
imageThe Set Up-

imageThe Seasoning-

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Cant wait to slice into it!

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  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,022
    I like the smoke pic with the bird in the foreground. Looks great.
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  • My wife wants me to cook the turkey for Thanksgiving on the Egg. Let us know how it turned out.
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  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    How big is that turkey?  I have an XL and I may cook two 25lbers for Thanksgiving.  Is it fresh or frozen, and it looks great.
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  • Great looking turkey, if it tasted half as good as it looks you had a successful cook.

    Gerhard
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  • Great looking cook...did it do as good on the inside as the outside looks ??

    Alexander City,Al
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  • Great pic, thanks for sharing, do I detect some herbs on the inside? Rosemary or sage maybe?

    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,776
    Nice looking bird and interesting set up. How big was the bird? What temp and how long did it take to cook?

    Richardson, Texas

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  • That looks good!  I need to buy a turkey and practice before the "Main Event" in November.  So how was it? 
    BakerMan - Purcellville, VA "When its smokin' its cookin', when its black its done"
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  • bodskibodski Posts: 353
    She's a beaut. Nice rig, too.

    Cincinnati

    LBGE, Weber Kettle, Weber Gasser

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  • Awesome Pics...I also need to practice for Thanksgiving!  Thanks for sharing
    Kind Regards...Papa C
    Peachtree City, GA
    2-XLBG's E...Webber 22" kettle, Retired Gas Grill
    Roll Tide!!!
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  • allsidallsid Posts: 402
    Thanks for the kind words & inquiries.  Since the patriots lost, we sure did a lot of talking about the bird.  Here are some points, learnings & take aways I will consider for next time.

    I got the bird, frozen solid on Sat at 4:00 pm.  It was 11.5 lbs.  There was not a bigger bird available, but the size worked because it fit in my smaller cooler.  I got it home, stuffed it in the cooler and filled it with warm water.  It sat & soaked all night with the factory wrapping still on.  
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    I really tried to use the link that was on the trying turkey thread as a guide.  Im just too scatter brained to follow directions..  

    I tested my setup before I lit the coals and my original plan just did not fit in my Large egg.  I replaced the CI skillet for a CI dutch and it fit fine.  (Note to me for future, that wont work for a much bigger bird)

    Lit, stabilized @ 350 and added a generous handful of cherry wood chips.  I put the bird on at 1 PM and it hit 168 F at about 4:30.  The temp did fluctuate during the cook, but I would say it averaged 280 from bell to bell.  

    It rested under foil and a beach towel for 45 min before I carved.  The bird was fantastic and got rave reviews.  People loved the uniqueness of the smoke.  It was very juicy and succulent.  I did a fancy carve on it which I had never tried before and I think that is a great way to present the bird.  
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    SO-  what would I change?

    Because it was so high in the dome, I would have probably taken out the bricks, and let it finish up on the grate from about 145F until done.  Although the dark meat was done, it was barely done.  I think that would finish up the thighs magnificently.  

    I would say for $ 15 bucks, or whatever I paid for that thing, it was really fun and a good learning experience for my first bird.  

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  • As a relatively new "Egghead", I curious as to why you raised the bird high into the dome in the first place.  Were you thinking something specific?
    Brighton, IL (North East of St. Louis, MO)
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  • Awesome start to finish. Any advice on how to carve it up?? That's always my problem.
    Large BGE -- Greensboro!


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  • allsidallsid Posts: 402
    As a relatively new "Egghead", I curious as to why you raised the bird high into the dome in the first place.  Were you thinking something specific?
    I have just found that it roasts better higher in the dome and off the coals.  I have not yet been a fan of the platesetter and I was hoping it would promote even cooking.



    Awesome start to finish. Any advice on how to carve it up?? That's always my problem.
    This was my first attempt at cutting a bird like that.  I learned lots from the Pepin video on chicken ballotine about breaking down the bird.  I did legs first, then the wings, thighs, and finally breasts.  A lot of it is doing as little cutting as you can around the joints.  I am sure there are people with much more experience who can help, but check this vid if you have not already.  Even though its boning a chicken, it is still applicable, and a very challenging method with huge payoff.


    Good luck-

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