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This is not your pork! 01-28-2013 09:24 AM

33rd Q: Smoked Spice Buttered Turkey Legs [w/ pr0n]
Here we go, 3rd cook of the year, saw a box full of turkey legs when shopping and could not resist. These legs are quite heavy, in fact, such a leg has the same weight as any of the frozen whole turkeys they had (no fresh whole turkey available at all).

Three turkey legs with a total weight of 18.41 lbs

Got brined for about 10 hours in 1 cup Sal Salina Natural + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 2 tbs black pepper corns + good squeeze of honey

Drying up in the fridge over night

My famous Spiced Butter recipe: 1 tbs brown sugar + 2 tsp fine grained sea salt + 2 tsp cayenne pepper + 1 tsp garlic powder + 1 tsp onion granulate + one block of butter (which is a little more than 1 cup)

A full chimney of lemon lump

Dumped on a full charcoal ring filled with lemon lump without any additional smoking wood

Spice buttered turkey legs on upper grate of my WSM ready to go

Finished @ IT 185F after 3H06

The first leg after crisping in the oven at max. grill

It doesn't get any juicier then this

Some turkey meat with crispy skin and self-made goose fat fries

What a nice smoke ring purely from lemon lump

Of course that was too much for one meal, the rest got pulled for use during this week.

I'd say it was a perfect cook with tender and juicy meat, crispy and tangy skin, nice flavor profile with a good touch of smoke, and not too salty (as it happened before with brined products), but the wife DID NOT LIKE IT AT ALL :shock:

She despises that flavor profile coming from the added garlic and onion and the smoky touch on poultry in general. I really can not share that opinion, and even the kids liked it very much. Wife demands the use of S&P only and no more smoked poultry, which pretty much means pork is next (again).

code3rrt 01-28-2013 09:48 AM

Looks mighty tastey from here!

Dockman 01-28-2013 11:21 AM

My wife is the same way when it comes to smoked turkey! I smoked my first whole turkey Yesterday which to tell the truth is was not near as good as the turkey she does in the oven. Like you guess my next smoke will be pork or chicken! You turkey looks very good and juicy.

Pig Daddy 01-28-2013 12:28 PM

Now, that's livin!

Phubar 01-28-2013 12:34 PM

Looking most excellent!
Thanks for the reportage once again!

chriscw81 01-28-2013 12:35 PM


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GL-BBQ 01-28-2013 12:57 PM

Looks great.

Freddy j 01-28-2013 01:43 PM

smoked turkey is in my top 3 favourites. that on the wsm?

great looking meal!

Smoothsmoke 01-28-2013 01:49 PM

Where is my farking plate!!!!!!!

AussieTitch 01-28-2013 01:50 PM

Looks a nice piece of food.

Robicus129 01-28-2013 02:17 PM

Got a grumble in my gut after seeing that. Looks awesome!!!!

dadsr4 01-28-2013 03:19 PM

I've been doing whole turkeys, legs, and thighs on my kettle for years. Your's look fantastic.

This is not your pork! 01-29-2013 04:06 AM

Well, that turkey was fantastic when fresh with crispy skin, but I guess it was a bad idea to cook more than we could eat that day, pulled turkey is just not the same. I had it sauted with Jasmin rice yesterday for lunch, and as pulled turkey sandwiches in self-made pita bread with our 'Essence of Q' sauce for dinner, but it just didn't meet the expectations any more. Looks like the dog will feast over that turkey for the rest of this week... :shock:

deguerre 01-29-2013 06:18 AM

Nailed it! I've never seen turkey leg quarters before though. For leftover legs, I usually keep them whole then wrap in foil and reheat in the oven.

Big slick 01-29-2013 07:17 AM

Them are saddle legs (leg & thigh attached). Looked great! I too have found that day old turkey is "ehh" at best.

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