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sammyman
11-24-2011, 02:35 PM
I keep adding hot coals, but my wsm is hovering at 305 or so. Am I screwed? I read 325 - 350 is best.

Also, it is pretty brown after an hour. Does using cheesecloth make the skin soggy?

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 02:37 PM
How are you screwed? Will it not be done in time? If you need to take the turkey off the WSM and use your oven. This will also help in crisping the skin.

sammyman
11-24-2011, 02:38 PM
Also, I just checked and the drippings look burned. I had a foil pan on the second shelf and they are black! I still see good juices inside the turkey, so I should have something.

sammyman
11-24-2011, 02:39 PM
How are you screwed? Will it not be done in time? If you need to take the turkey off the WSM and use your oven. This will also help in crisping the skin.

I just thought 325-350 is good. I don't want to dry it out by cooking it too long.

Another question I had is does wrapping it in foil and putting it in a cooler for an hour make the skin soggy?

colonel00
11-24-2011, 02:39 PM
Do you have a fan/hair dryer/leaf blower? Any one of those can help get the temps up quickly. Also, I believe you can crack the door open to allow in more air and thus raise the temp more.

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 02:42 PM
Yes putting it in the cooler will make the skin soggy. There is a lot of moisture in the cooler. If you want to try and crisp the skin, put it in the oven for about 10 minutes and see if that gives you the skin you want.

sammyman
11-24-2011, 02:43 PM
Then how do you let it rest and keep the skin nice and crisp?

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 02:45 PM
Just tent with foil and rest. Is the turkey going to be done that early?

sammyman
11-24-2011, 02:50 PM
I think the turkey will be done at 2pm, and we are eating at 5pm. This is the first time I have done a turkey so thanks for the help.

Maybe I should let it rest for 1 hour in a cooler, then crisp it for 10 min in the oven, then cut it, then reheat for 20 min before 5? Thoughts?

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 02:57 PM
I would leave it in the cooler until 4:15, crisp in oven, and let rest, then slice. If you slice too early it will dry out.

sammyman
11-24-2011, 02:59 PM
I would leave it in the cooler until 4:15, crisp in oven, and let rest, then slice. If you slice too early it will dry out.

Thanks so much for the help. I am going to do just that. When crisping, should the oven be at 350? How long would you crisp it for?

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 03:00 PM
I just read in another thread that one guy used a weed burner to crisp his turkey.

sammyman
11-24-2011, 03:01 PM
I just read in another thread that one guy used a weed burner to crisp his turkey.

That's crazy! I actually may have one of those.

Q-Dat
11-24-2011, 03:25 PM
That's crazy! I actually may have one of those.

Just to be clear you know he means one of these...
http://img.tapatalk.com/469c6f8a-b620-2e4c.jpg

Not one of these right?
http://img.tapatalk.com/469c6f8a-b638-6f3f.jpg

;)

sammyman
11-24-2011, 03:44 PM
Actually what I have looks more like this:

http://www.hardwarestore.com/media/product/632559_front200.jpg

May be a no go.

Q-Dat
11-24-2011, 04:06 PM
Actually what I have looks more like this:

http://www.hardwarestore.com/media/product/632559_front200.jpg

May be a no go.

Hmmm that would probably work but I would make sure you have propane and not MAPP gas. MAPP smells kinda funky. Don't know if it would affect the taste or not, but its also alot hotter.

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 04:25 PM
Thanks so much for the help. I am going to do just that. When crisping, should the oven be at 350? How long would you crisp it for?

I would have it at least 400*.

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 04:27 PM
Thanks so much for the help. I am going to do just that. When crisping, should the oven be at 350? How long would you crisp it for?

I would have it at least 400*. Check it at 15 minutes.

Grillman
11-24-2011, 05:00 PM
I would have it at least 400*. Check it at 15 minutes.

Or you can turn the nob from "Bake" to "Broil" and do it that way....
Just be sure to watch it closely or it will burn.

DirtyDirty00
11-24-2011, 06:47 PM
I just read in another thread that one guy used a weed burner to crisp his turkey.



:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

Pyle's BBQ
11-24-2011, 08:42 PM
How did the turkey turn out?

martyleach
11-24-2011, 10:02 PM
I had to leave my turkey in the cooler for almost 4 hours today because of other mistimings out of my control..... the meat was perfect and it was still steaming. However, the previously crisp skin was no longer. But, everyone in my family except for me (healthy people they are) takes the skin off so it was still a win.