View Full Version : Thanksgiving Day Success! Thanks Brethren!

11-26-2011, 02:09 AM
I used Smokin Okie's Turkey 101 and did my first brined/smoked turkey yesterday. It was a hit! We had about a dozen guests over and they worshiped the bird!

I did smoke a turkey last year for my uncle, but he picked the bird and did the brine. This year, it was all me. There was almost no leftovers from the 16# bird.

My wife made the most divine desserts; Swedish creme and chocolate mousse. Guests brought over some awesome sides and we had a blast!






11-26-2011, 06:44 AM
looks great!!!

11-26-2011, 07:13 AM
Very nice
I have yet to do a turkey but do plan on doing one soon with brethren help of coarse.
This place is the best

11-26-2011, 08:09 AM
That all looks really good...:hungry:

11-26-2011, 08:15 AM
ditto, everything lookes great. why does tom have a blanket? iv'e never seen that before.

big brother smoke
11-26-2011, 09:44 AM
Nice bird. Brining 101 is an excellent tool!

11-26-2011, 10:24 AM
Sweet spread!

11-26-2011, 10:28 AM
That's not Thanksgiving! That's food for a King! Nice display.

11-26-2011, 11:57 AM
Looks great! :thumb:

Midnight Smoke
11-26-2011, 12:17 PM
Looks great! Bad thing about a great cook, there are no leftover's.

Crazy Harry
11-26-2011, 01:27 PM
great looking feast!

11-26-2011, 01:47 PM
Wow...That's probably the nicest spread I've ever seen.

11-26-2011, 04:38 PM
Thanks gents!

Trekmstr, I soaked a cheese cloth in butter and herbs, then placed it over the bird about 2 hours into the smoke. Between brining and the cheese cloth, they are supposed to help the breast meat stay moist. It also helps keep the skin from drying out. (according to the turkey 101 document)

I just had the last of what little leftovers we had today and both the white and dark meat are still moist.

The weird thing was that the legs and thighs reached 175 at the same time the white meat reached 160. I never had to use an ice pack to cool the breast meat. My wife is not one to eat much turkey leftovers but she has this year. This totally changed her taste for turkey.

One of the guests made us all swear on oath that we are doing the same thing next year. It was, by far, the best Thanksgiving we've ever had.

11-26-2011, 04:43 PM
Looks amazing and delicious!:eusa_clap