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wjwheeler 10-23-2012 08:25 PM

30 Turkeys to Smoke on Thanksgiving
 
I usually deep fry 25 - 30 12 -14 lb. turkeys and smoke 6 each Thanksgiving as gifts. This year I want to smoke all of them them. I have a Southern Q competition water smoker that will hold the 30 turkeys in one cook. I try to have them ready by 10am on Thankgsgiving morning. I have read vaired opinions about cooking at 300 - 350. I've usually smoked them at 275 with peach and/or apple wood.
I don't have anywhere to brine that many turkeys, so I usually inject them with creolebutter and rub them with cajun shake. They are moist and flavorful but don't look as good as the deep fried turkeys.
Does anyone have any advice to make them look good or improve my methods? Thank you in advance for your input.

MisterChrister 10-23-2012 09:06 PM

I can guarantee that you have WAY too much turkey experience for me to try to help, but I want some SERIOUS pr0n action of this cook!!!

J'ville Grill 10-23-2012 09:44 PM

Wow, what do you do for Christmas?


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NorthwestBBQ 10-23-2012 09:48 PM

Nice looking Pit!

http://www.thetntsouthernbbq.com/201...23_800x600.jpg

GMDGeek 10-23-2012 10:27 PM

I've not done anywhere near the number you have, 3 total smoked. I got pretty good crisp skin that is golden brown, by doing two heavy smokes around 275 for four hours or so (depends on meat temp) then crank the heat for 45ish minutes. I do however brine over night.

I want to see your cook!

Big slick 10-23-2012 10:54 PM

Can you explain what you mean by you don't like the way they look when you smoke them vs frying them?

TailGateJoecom 10-24-2012 01:46 AM

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Originally Posted by wjwheeler (Post 2253664)
I usually deep fry 25 - 30 12 -14 lb. turkeys and smoke 6 each Thanksgiving as gifts. This year I want to smoke all of them them. I have a Southern Q competition water smoker that will hold the 30 turkeys in one cook. I try to have them ready by 10am on Thankgsgiving morning. I have read vaired opinions about cooking at 300 - 350. I've usually smoked them at 275 with peach and/or apple wood.
I don't have anywhere to brine that many turkeys, so I usually inject them with creolebutter and rub them with cajun shake. They are moist and flavorful but don't look as good as the deep fried turkeys.
Does anyone have any advice to make them look good or improve my methods? Thank you in advance for your input.

Jeez, and i am cursing the NFL schedulers for giving me a Jets home night game on thanksgiving and making me have to do 6-7 20lb birds for the tailgate. Lol.

captndan 10-24-2012 08:55 AM

Use the bathtub to brine.

Bbq Bubba 10-24-2012 09:52 AM

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No Brine. 275*. What dont you like about the "look"?

wingpirate 10-24-2012 10:27 AM

That is some beautiful pr0n.

wjwheeler 10-29-2012 04:55 PM

I do about the same cook on Christmas eve.
My turkeys don't "shine" when smoked like they do when they are deep fried.
Bbq Bubba - I hope mine look as good as yours!
Thanks for your input. I'll post and let y'all know how it goes.

Bertha's BBQ 10-29-2012 06:11 PM

I smoked 20 last year and all I did was rub cooking oil on them. They turned out great. People already asking me to do it again. The key is not to over cook them. I smoke at 225 -300, depending how cold it is.

swamprb 10-29-2012 06:22 PM

I'm using the Briner http://www.thebriner.com/3_Steps_to_Success.html and can easily fit two 12-15 lb. Turkeys. A lot less than you obviously need, but my butcher friend uses Rubbermaid Brute food grade barrels with lids for brining Turkeys for the Holdaze and Corned Beef for St. Paddy's Day-he has a walk in freezer so if you needed quantity you could get a smaller barrel for the brine bucket(s) and put them inside a larger garbage can surrounded by ice.

Bertha's BBQ 10-29-2012 07:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Bbq Bubba (Post 2254043)
No Brine. 275*. What dont you like about the "look"?

That's what I am talking about.

K80Shooter 10-29-2012 10:36 PM

Smoking with a little pecan wood will give them a very nice color.


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