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SmokeInDaEye 11-27-2009 03:27 PM

Turkey: Deep Fried or Smoked?
Which would you choose? I can honestly say that both were the best turkeys that I have ever made and there are few leftovers from either. But one definitely won me over...

A soy and garlic brined, deep fried turkey

Or a sage butter rubbed smoked turkey

Now I'm off to make deep fried buffalo turkey wings...

txschutte 11-27-2009 03:42 PM

While I'm a fan of both, I'd say a PROPERLY smoked turkey would take it for me.

Vince RnQ 11-27-2009 06:54 PM

Rotisserie, baby!!!

tjus77 11-27-2009 07:46 PM

wife wouldn't let me smoke this year... but the family wanted it... so for Christmas.... he he he

Big Mike's BBQ 11-27-2009 09:17 PM

how about both! have any of you smoked then fried a bird. I have never done it but it sounds great.

Big Mike

vr6Cop 11-27-2009 09:20 PM

Deep fried turkeys are good, but a good smoked turkey rules my world.

Better yet - smoked turkey dunked in some replica Big Bob Gibson's white bbq sauce! Mmmmmm good! :biggrin:

CajunSmoker 11-27-2009 09:21 PM

I've been smokin thanksgiving turkeys for a long time and I smoked probably my best turkey ever thursday, but the fried one kicked it's arse:!::!::!:

I vote fried:-P

Arlin_MacRae 11-28-2009 09:11 AM


Originally Posted by Big Mike's BBQ (Post 1097343)
how about both! have any of you smoked then fried a bird. I have never done it but it sounds great.

Big Mike

I smoked a breast till the finish and smoked a full bird for an hour before dunking it in the oil. The smoke was a little light on the smoked/fried bird, but it was great. Next year I'll go two hours and finish it in the oil.

Alexa RnQ 11-28-2009 09:24 AM

I'm sure both cooking methods have their upsides, according to preference -- but two prep elements are absolutely non-negotiable, and assure the optimal conclusion of either.

It's got to be a fresh-never-frozen turkey, and it's got to be brined.
THEN it goes on the rotisserie.

Bob S 11-28-2009 10:21 AM

I voted for smoked, but they both look great. :-D

SmokeInDaEye 11-28-2009 10:43 AM


Originally Posted by Bob S (Post 1097576)
I voted for smoked, but they both look great. :-D

I voted for smoked too. I've never seen breast meat as tender as that before. Our guests were late and I thought it was going to be overcooked so I shut down the Bubba keg and let it rest for an hour or so as the cooker cooled from 350 to about 200. Worked like magic.

The Butterball deepfryer on the other hand made a perfect fried turkey. I'm chopping up some of the leftovers now to make thanksgiving fried wontons!

ThomEmery 11-28-2009 10:58 AM

Smoked this year But that Butterball indoor fryer looks too easy

NorthwestBBQ 11-28-2009 11:05 AM

I voted for fried. I smoked one a month ago and it was not as good as the fried one. They both looked good but it was the taste and the crispy skin on the fried one that made it the winner.

Smoked Turkey:

Fried Turkey:

HB-BBQ 11-28-2009 11:07 AM

I like em both but the doc told me to cut down on the fried foods so I voted for the smoked turkey :mrgreen:

milehigh 11-28-2009 11:32 AM

Both! With the same bird.Smofried!!


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