So, somehow I agreed to make a turkey for the office luncheon this afternoon. I am reprising my Mexican brined Pavo al Horno De la Brasa.
I set up the fire last night following Max's directions. The top layer was packed pretty tightly with small bits of charcoal. I woke up this morning and lit the fire at 6AM, an hour ago. It was doing pretty well. But it's raining here and I think there's a lot of moisture in the air. The fire was climbing up through 300 steadily with the platesetter in place, but I needed to get the turkey on to make the time.
Threw on a handful of soaked mesquite chips. I noticed that there were flames coming up around the platesetter. I thought the fire was just still in it's flaming up stage and would settle. Temp dropped to 200 but started climbing again.
Now, with the turkey on (temp was at 350), the temp is out of control. At one time, the thermometer read 500, there were BLUE FLAMES shooting out of the top. I closed stuff down a little and got those to go out.
The thing will flashback if I even fart at it now! I'm worried about the turkey inside. It's only been on for ten minutes. I closed the draft and the daisy as much as I felt I could to get the temp to drop. I tapped the thermometer and it immediately dropped to 350 again. I think the thermometer might be stuck (moisture inside rusted something?)
Is she this volatile because she's packed so tight and has no oxygen? I placed a small fan at the bottom directed into the draft (while lighting) and the flames definitely reacted. So I think there's a good airflow.
Even though the bird is on, I'm going to be babysitting this fire to keep it from climbing out of control.