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Wild Turkey

ugabulldog56ugabulldog56 Posts: 26
edited March 2013 in EggHead Forum
My nephew killed a turkey this morning and we just breasted him out.  Any recommendations on an indirect time and temp?  Im doing the ribs also around 250-275.  Should I put the turkey on after the ribs and raise the temp?

I attached a pic of the meat just to show the size of the turkey.  Thanks for the help!!!
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  • WolfpackWolfpack Posts: 1,297
    I would brine for at least an hour and then raised direct at 300 until internal temp of 170 degrees. I would either put on a rub or marinate in Italian dressing. Good luck
    Greensboro, NC
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,034
    Here I thought another bourbon thread...good luck with the cook!
    Louisville
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    lousubcap said:
    Here I thought another bourbon thread...good luck with the cook!
    @lousubcap I'm right there with you buddy.  Birds of a feather!!
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  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,906
    I haven't brined anything so no help from me there, but when I did ribs last time I threw on a turkey breast towards the end of my cook and it came out great. Ribs and Turkey Breast Dizzy Pig Style 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
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  • tamu2009tamu2009 Posts: 264
    I'd say brine it, then throw it away and go buy a farm raised turkey.

    Just kidding, but in all my years of eating wild turkey, the only way I've enjoyed it is cut into strips and chicken fried.
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  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 2,858
    I almost just killed a wild turkey with my truck 30 minutes ago. Many moons ago I killed a lot of Wild Turkey by the bottle!

    I have never cared for the taste of a wild turkey. I prefer a farm raised turkey myself, but I may have never had one cooked the right way. 

    Congrats to your nephew on the kill. I like your avatar. Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!
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    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
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  • fairchasefairchase Posts: 239
     Marinate in zesty Italian dressing 6-8 hours if possible overnight is better.
    350-400 indirect till IT of 170 and no more. Best turkey you will ever eat !!!
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  • ugabulldog56ugabulldog56 Posts: 26
    edited March 2013
    I was able to marinate for about 4 hrs before i had to put it on.  It turned out pretty well but i think it would have been better around 160-165 internal.  At 170, the meat was just slightly dry(not bad though).  Overall with it being a really fast cook(my brother just showed up at my house with a dead turkey!  lol), i think it turned out well.  thanks for you help everyone!!!
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  • fairchasefairchase Posts: 239
    edited March 2013
    Marinated in buttermilk for 12 hrs or so, battered (I like Louisiana chicken fry) ,and fried in a cast iron skillet is great also.
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  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 2,858
    It looked good.
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    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,768
    Couldn't ahve helped you with the cook of the wild turkey had I seen it in time, but that is awesome that that young man was able to bring one down. Very cool. I would think 170 would have been a little high.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • @Griffin, what do you think a good internal would be?
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,768
    Normally for chicken or turkey, I shoot for 165 in the breast. Depending on how hot I'm cooking it, I'll pull at 160 (maybe 155) and let it rest. It will carryover to 165 as it rests.

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • Thanks Griffin.  I'll do that on the next one.  
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  • I applaud your example. Anybody with a few bucks can buy food at the supermarket, but never learn how to live off the land.

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  • TonyATonyA Posts: 563
    I agree with @Griffin -- congratulations to the young man who took the turkey and with @FearlessTheEggNoob - it is really important to understand and appreciate where our food comes from.  

    Brining is great for wild game.  It adds moisture to often lean meat and also mellows the flavor.
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  • BOWHUNRBOWHUNR Posts: 1,433
    edited April 2013
    Congratulations to the young hunter!  It makes me smile every time I see a kid get involved in the sport of hunting.  IMO there would be a lot less trouble with kids if more people took the time to get them involved.

    Mike

    I'm ashamed what I did for a Klondike Bar!!

    Omaha, NE
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  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 1,783
    Good stuff
    Boom
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  • ugabulldog56ugabulldog56 Posts: 26
    edited April 2013

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  • caneggercanegger Posts: 536
    edited April 2013
    Nm
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  • HogHeavenHogHeaven Posts: 264
    My nephew killed a turkey this morning and we just breasted him out.  Any recommendations on an indirect time and temp?  Im doing the ribs also around 250-275.  Should I put the turkey on after the ribs and raise the temp?

    I attached a pic of the meat just to show the size of the turkey.  Thanks for the help!!!

    r When I cook something on my BGE that I'm not familiar with... I google recipes for it and i cook it at sthe same temp that is recommended for indoor ovens. It always works fine. Now... About if to brine or not. How to brine and for how long. Exactly how to mix your brine, the best site for detailed information backed up by science lots of time is... Amazingribs.com. Tell Meathead I sent you.
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