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Old 04-18-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
somebody shut me the fark up.

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Default Smoked Turkey.......CANNON STYLE!!!!

So a good while back, Norcoredneck turned me on to this little beauty.....the TURKEY CANNON:
You can get one all over the net. Shop around....there's decent deals.

Since yesterday, it was my Mom's Birthday and Saturday was my daughter's 4th birthday, a feast was in order. Smoked turkey was on the menu. Of course......given the proper time and forethought, I'll ALWAYS brine my birds. I brined this one for 24 hours in a simple brine (1 gallon water, 1 cup salt, 1/2 cup sugar a good 2 TBS of whole peppercorns and about 1/2 cup honey). After pulling out of the brine and letting rest in the fridge on a roast rack to let the skin tighten up (an essential part of brining, IMHO) while we went to church, the bird got to warm up on the counter with the usual iced down breasts:

I'm usually a more "traditional" turkey recipe guy for Thanksgiving (citrus and herbs, etc.) and don't go BBQ, but since this cook was not a holiday cook, I was able to do something else......RUB THAT BIRD!

The rub of choice (I've been waiting to use this one from BBS)...

Put a good amount of rub into the cavity of the bird.....

.....and put a couple of TBS in the turkey cannon....

.....and topped the cannon off with apple juice.

Rubbed down the rest of the bird and mounted it:

Set on the lower rack of the 325 degree UDS (the bird mounted on the cannon won't go on the top rack.....lid won't go down):

Now here's where ol' Wampus blew it.....

I set the vents to where I knew they should be. Every other time I'd cooked on the drum (errrr.....more than a farkin few!) I'd run it at 325-350 and needed 2 of the 3 intakes open. So, opened 2, closed 1 and went back inside to do....well, you know....OTHER cooking things. The in-laws got there, my brother and his family got there, Mom and Dad came....BS'ing and whatnot.....after about 1.5 hours (this was supposed to be about a 3-4 hour cook) I realized I'd never eyeballed the cooker. So, went out to check.....

.....450 farkin degrees!!!!

So at this point, I also realized I'd never put the probes in the turkey.
Opened the lid, put in the probes (breast was at 138 and thigh was at 141) and knocked down the intakes to almost nothing.....

About a 1/2 hour later.....(2 hour total cook time).....turkey's done!
breast was at 165 and thigh was at 175.
Here it was when it came off:

Pulled bird, foiled and scrambled to get all the other sides done.

Here it was when it was ready to carve after resting.....

In the was by far the best farkin turkey I'd ever done.
Family agreed.

Now.....I don't think I've ever ACTUALLY used the turkey cannon before. I've tried at least twice, but couldn't get the turkey to fit on whatever cooker I was using with all the other stuff going on and thus had to abandon the cannon.

Not sure if it was the turkey cannon, the rub, the EXREME high pit temp or what exactly.....but it was INCREDIBLY moist, tender, flavorful, PERFECT in every way.

The makers of the turkey cannon claim that it decreases cooking time, so perhaps that was it. After all, the turkey gets steamed from the inside as it's cooking from the outside. It makes sense that it would cook faster on a cannon versus stuffed and trussed, but I'm not sure.....


Thanks for lookin. Got a lot of thinking to do before Thanksgiving.....
Big JT's Smokin' BBQ Competition Team

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-Mahatma Gandhi

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