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wild turkey

thirdcookiethirdcookie Posts: 84
edited 8:57PM in EggHead Forum
Good morning everyone!! Hope everyone is well...
My hubby shot a wild turkey this past weekend with is bow, and we are going to try egging it this Sunday. We think we want to inject it...any suggestions on what to inject and how long to cook it. I am pretty sure I need to do it indirect around 280 or so. Is that too high? I have done a beer can chicken that was undercooked, and I really don't want to mess this up. The little guy doesn't have any legs or thighs, those were given to a hunting buddy. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

p.s. not sure how peeps feel about hunting on this forum, please don't be offended!!



  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    I don't think you will find too many people here offended by hunting, after all just about everyone here is a carnivore. -RP
  • Big PapaBig Papa Posts: 220
    I never shot a Wild Turkey.

    But I have done many Shots Of Wild Turkey :)

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,590
    I spoke with a co-worker whose mother has done wild turkey. He says she makes a rich sauce for it, but otherwise he hadn't noticed anything special about what she did. Given her use of sauce, and because domestic turkey can get rather dry, I'll suggest brining it to improve moisture.
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    You can follow Mad Max's Turkey Recipe. The lil guy as you put it will be leaner (if that is possible) then a farm raised Turkey.

    It will be a a little gamer then farm raised turkey. I don't usually advocate brining, but you might want to consider it for a wild bird. If anything it will reduce the gamey taste

    Roast it like you would a farm raised bird. At 350-375, until the 165-170 internal. Since you don't have the thighs make sure the probe is well into the breast, but not touching any bones.
  • Oh!! That sounds good, maybe while I'm eggin' it!! :lol:
  • Thanks, I am a little worried about the wild gaminess, but i get past it with the deer, i guess i can with this. the last time we tried smoking one on a reg. charcole grill, it was horrible. we had way too much smoke on it. the dog wouldn't even eat it. so y'all think we should brine instead of inject?
  • Please, where can i find his recipe?
  • emillucaemilluca Posts: 673
    FoodTV Alton Brown Turkey brine always works for me give it a try.
  • that sounds good!! i think i will give it a try! Thanks !!!
  • TripmakerTripmaker Posts: 124
    Those are my sentiments. I always thought Wild Turkey was best served in a glass over ice.

    Nothing wrong either with killing your own turkey. Someone has to do it. Doesn't make any difference if it is on a farm or in the wild. My congratulations on your hubby's success with a bow. That takes skill and patience.
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,590
    Besides pushing a bit more water into the meat, brining reduces "liverish" flavor in some red meats, so maybe it will also lessen gamey flavor.
  • EggZonaEggZona Posts: 108
    Definetly brine it. I have done a number of fresh turkey cooks and they are not as good in my opinion as the store bought ones. Who knows what is in the store bought ones exactly but they are usually labeled as "Basted". They seem to have more moisture content in them which I assume is the diference from the fresh.

    Also, from what I have read, no real benefit to cooking poultry slow.
  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    My friends and myself have cooked a few wild turkeys.We found the best way to cook them is to cut the breast out cut into strips then roll in seasond flower and deep fry.The legs are so tough you can't eat them.I love everything on the BGE but this does better frying.
  • Old SaltOld Salt Posts: 357
    Quite a few years we lived in a highly restricted community called Pecan Plantation where there is a restriction against discharging firearms in the complex. A newcomer moved there and couldn't get over how much wildlife there was. Deer and turkey roamed freely. His first Thanksgiving he decided to bag his own dinner which cost him a $500 fine from the State and from the complex. That was a $500 turkeyless experience.
  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    Thats funny.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    buy a compound bow. problem solved!
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • HA HA!! that is funny and he you would think as hunter he would have respected the laws. tsk tsk...
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    We might be offended if you dont post any pics.. ;)
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