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Rover >~<> 10-20-2010 03:41 PM

Mike's UDS Turkey Tutorial with pron !
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Hello all, Here is my tutorial for smoking a whole turkey on a UDS. Im sure that it's not perfect so feel free to alter it as you like. I hope this helps a lot of people here on the forum. It turned out delicious and moist with a great smokey flavor :thumb: I look forward to eating turkey and swiss sandwiches all week. Enjoy>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


2 gallons of water
1 & 1/4 cup salt
1 & 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 orange cut into wedges and make a slit across the sides
add garlic and bay leaves to desired amount

Put in a food grade container
(look underneath container to see the number associated with the plastic used and look online to see if it is safe)
disolve in warm water, let cool in fridge, add 2 trays of ice to get to safe temperature

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TURKEY: (12-14 lb. natural bird -meaning no solution injections)

Thaw as appropriate or use fresh turkey.
Take out of package, remove fat or excess skin around cavities, remove leg restraint and take out giblets. (save scraps and giblets)
Rinse thoroughly in and out and pat dry, place in brine for 24 hours adding ice every once in a while to keep temp below 40 degrees.
Now you can use giblets to make stock..<see stock paragraph below>
Remove from brine and rinse and pat dry again. Place on baking sheet and set in fridge to dry for 12 hours.
Coat turkey with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with pepper salt rosemary and garlic. Seperate skin gently from above breast and season also.
Stuff cavity with quartered onion, wedges of apple, orange, lemon, make slits in the wedges and put some fresh sage and thyme on top. (hit the sage and thyme with the back of your knife to break open and release aromas).
Tie legs together.
Smoke at 325 degrees over charcoal basket half full of layers of charcoal and apple wood untill breast is 165 degrees. Make sure you have a drip pan of some sort to catch drippings used for gravy. Cover turkey with foil when it gets dark.
Remove and dump juices from cavity into drip pan, rest covered in foil for thirty minutes.
Slice parallel to the neck bone and use knife to seperate legs/wings at joints.

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Stock & Gravy:

Place giblets and excess scraps except for liver in pot with 6 cups water, sage, thyme, rosemary, quartered onion, sliced carrot.
Bring to boil, then simmer 2 hours covered, drain liquid and store in fridge.

For the gravy add 4 tbs of skimmed fat from top of drip pan and a stick of butter to big pan over med-high heat, whisk continuously, once melted and darkened add 1/2 cup flour and keep whisking, add 4 cups of your stock and add drippings (skim off fat and discard first).
Salt and pepper and add 1 Tbs of worcestershire. whisk for 5 min. Store in fridge. Add stock to thin.

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I appreciate any comments and once again hope some people get a lot of help from this.

bigabyte 10-20-2010 03:51 PM

Very nice!:clap2: Bravo!:cool;

milehigh 10-20-2010 03:55 PM

Nice looking bird and great tutorial. I do mine very similar. Simple brine, straightforward seasoning and fresh ingredients. Hard to beat.
Foil those wingtips for presentation:wink:


BobBrisket 10-20-2010 04:09 PM

Nice!!! I'd hit that. Never tried a brine. Thinking I just might for T-day this year.


---k--- 10-20-2010 04:10 PM

This is great. I'm definitely going to add a turkey to my lists of meats to smoke.

hamiltont 10-20-2010 04:22 PM

Ohhh that looks Smackin' Goot... Great tutorial man!!! Cheers!!!

Rover >~<> 10-20-2010 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by BobBrisket (Post 1436626)
Nice!!! I'd hit that. Never tried a brine. Thinking I just might for T-day this year.


im sold on brining now. the meat comes out so very tender and you can infuse different flavors unlike the solution injected turkeys where they are just salt water...


bluetang 10-20-2010 04:44 PM

Slammin' bird:thumb:

Johnny_Crunch 10-20-2010 05:02 PM

looks good, thanks for the tutorial!

Rover >~<> 10-20-2010 09:43 PM

Thought i would post the grades of plastic for you guys since i talked about using food grade containers

Types Of Plastic
In the United States, the following codes represent the seven categories of plastic used in nearly all plastic containers and product packaging: or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is a clear, tough polymer with exceptional gas and moisture barrier properties. PET's ability to contain carbon dioxide (carbonation) makes it ideal for use in soft drink bottles. Examples: Soft drink bottles, detergent bottles (high density polyethylene) is used in milk, juice and water containers in order to take advantage of its excellent protective barrier properties. Its chemical resistance properties also make it well suited for items such as containers for household chemicals and detergents. Most five gallon food buckets are made from HDPE. Examples: Milk bottles, shopping bags (polyvinyl chloride, or PVC) provides excellent clarity, puncture resistance and cling. As a film, vinyl can breathe just the right amount, making it ideal for packaging fresh meats that require oxygen to ensure a bright red surface while maintaining an acceptable shelf life. Examples: Plastic food wrap, shrink wrap, garden hoses, shoe soles (low density polyethylene) offers clarity and flexibility. It is used to make bottles that require flexibility. To take advantage of its strength and toughness in film form, it is used to produce grocery bags and garbage bags, shrink and stretch film, and coating for milk cartons. Examples: Squeeze bottles, dry cleaning bags (polypropylene) has high tensile strength, making it ideal for use in caps and lids that have to hold tightly on to threaded openings. Because of its high melting point, polypropylene can be hot-filled with products designed to cool in bottles, including ketchup and syrup. It is also used for products that need to be incubated, such as yogurt. Many Cambo, Tupperware and Rubbermaid food storage containers are made from PP. Examples: Bottle caps, take-out food containers, drinking straws (polystyrene), in its crystalline form, is a colorless plastic that can be clear and hard. It can also be foamed to provide exceptional insulation properties. Foamed or expanded polystyrene (EPS) is used for products such as meat trays, egg cartons and coffee cups. It is also used for packaging and protecting appliances, electronics and other sensitive products. Examples: Plastic foam, packing peanuts, coat hangers denotes plastics made from other types of resin or from several resins mixed together. These usually cannot be recycled

Rover >~<> 10-21-2010 06:31 AM

sorry the numbers aren't showing but the list goes from 1 at the top to grade 7 at the bottom

AUradar 10-21-2010 07:22 AM

was that a home depot plastic 5 gallon bucket?

lionhrt 10-21-2010 08:17 AM

Good instructions did pick up a pointer or 2 I may have to do a turkey on the smoker this year since my company just sent out the manditory managers schedule for the holidays and I am REQUIRED to take Thanksgiving off first time in my working life.

Chef Country 10-21-2010 11:35 AM

I havent tried a brime yet but im thinking i will this year

Jay Bird 10-21-2010 12:59 PM

Thanks for the excellent tutorial. Now to somehow find room in the fridge for a big orange bucket.

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