7:30am. Fired up the chimney of charcoal. I use an all wood fire, but start off with charcoal
8:00am. Starting with a big fire since it's below freezing.
100% Georgia cherry wood.
8:00. Pulling from the brine. I used 1 1/2 cup kosher salt and 1 1/2 cup brown sugar in 2 gallons of water.
Going to inject with 1/4 cup sweet wine, 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup honey.
8:30 am. Injecting the bird.
8:45 am. Prepped and ready to roll.
9:00 am. Locked and loaded. I have the bird backwards since I'm going to flip the bird" after 3 hours. Couple of fatties thrown in.
Preheating wood, "rock mod" in action.
12:00 noon. Halfway home and I "flipped the bird". Basting every hour now with a pump spray full of peanut oil.
1:00 pm. Once the charcoal bed is gone, I just crush up burned wood with a pair of tongs to form a new bed of embers. I throw 1-2 pieces of preheated wood on top of the embers.
1:00 pm. New wood bursts right into flames.
3:30 pm. All done! Looks good!
4:00pm. Time to eat! My neighbor put it best: "this turkey is to die for!" Very moist and sweet, and only a couple of people used gravy, most people just ate it plain. Best turkey I've done so far.