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Freddy j
12-28-2012, 02:21 PM
My company gave me this huge turkey for thanksgiving and it's been in the patoidaddio brine since noon.

What's the best way for a 325 degree cook on my wsm 22? Should I cut it in half? Remove the legs?

What say my experienced brethren?






Thank you in advance for your helping a brother out.

Bluesman
12-28-2012, 02:25 PM
Personally if it fits I'd go for it :shocked: It will make some the Year's best PRON

WineMaster
12-28-2012, 05:07 PM
I would cook it as 1 huge breast and 2 leg quarters. Thats a biggun.

Foxfire
12-28-2012, 06:10 PM
I'll be curious to see what you do, I have a 23# bird in the freezer I picked up day after Thanksgiving. Pix pls!

frognot
12-28-2012, 06:44 PM
Frankenturkey there! I'd quarter something that size.

Mdboatbum
12-28-2012, 07:27 PM
If you're running at 325˚ I say go for it whole!! We're gonna need pics of that thing. It'll make your 22" WSM look like a mini!

deepsouth
12-28-2012, 07:29 PM
farkin crazy sized bird.

swamprb
12-28-2012, 07:35 PM
I'd do a deconstructed Turkey.
Saw this on an episode of ATK and had been dying to try it and was really pleased with the results and if I had a bird that big, would not hesitate to do it.

Took a 15lb. brined bird, cut the breasts from the bone, seasoned with Bigmista's Chicken Scratch and wrapped them back in the skin and tied them into a roast. Kept the legs and thighs whole, cooked them in a pan in the BWS Gater at 325-350*

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Not much to look at, but slicing the breast was a dream, nice and moist and the dark meat was where its at!

Boshizzle
12-28-2012, 07:37 PM
Wow, that's some kind of prehistoric monster you got there!

I'd cut it into sections and cook each section until it was perfectly done. Keeping it all in one piece poses a big risk of drying parts of it out while other parts cook, IMO.

Good luck, and post some pics!

Wampus
12-28-2012, 08:17 PM
Can't imagine how you even grow a turkey that large! That's farkin HUGE!

I think I would at LEAST spatch it.
I'd DEFINITELY brine it, so good on ya for that!
If it's still too big to fit on your smoker spatchcocked, then just continue to deconstruct and quarter it is probably the route I'd go.


Although, it sure WOULD be some awesome farkin prOn if it was left whole and roasted.



Good luck to you!

Vision
12-28-2012, 08:23 PM
I would spatchcock or cut in half and put one on each grate.

Smaller turkeys are best for smoking. If you smoke it whole you'll probably have some dryness as it will take a long time to cook through.

Let us know...

Freddy j
12-30-2012, 02:30 PM
I would cook it as 1 huge breast and 2 leg quarters. Thats a biggun.

I'm considering going this route so that the breast doesn't dry out. I've done birds as large as 23# with great success and don't know why I feel like I should change my cooking methods on this one. Gonna start the cook tomm am so we'll see how she goes I guess.

Freddy j
12-30-2012, 02:32 PM
I would spatchcock or cut in half and put one on each grate.

Smaller turkeys are best for smoking. If you smoke it whole you'll probably have some dryness as it will take a long time to cook through.

Let us know...

Thanks vision, this is what concerns me & dryness was the reason for me making the thread. Ill take some pics when I smoke tomm.

Man, I'm really looking forward to trying patiodaddios brine recipe!

Meat & Heat
12-30-2012, 02:50 PM
Cut it up!
I did a 30# beast a couple years ago that my father in law raised. :loco:
It was good but it took 14 hrs in the cooker, alot of basting, and a chit ton of tending to.
Will not even consider one that big again.

Freddy j
12-30-2012, 03:19 PM
I'll be curious to see what you do, I have a 23# bird in the freezer I picked up day after Thanksgiving. Pix pls!

I did a 21# about 2 weeks ago and it came out unbelievable. I used emeril lagasse's recipe for brine and let it soak for 2 days (pulled the skin away from all of the meat first). Then I rinsed and dried and put ice packs on the breast while I got the bbq pit fired up (an hour or so).

Then I rubbed oil all over and under the skin and rubbed with spice, throttled up the wsm 22 to 325 and threw it the top rack. Didn't open the lid until the thermometer hit 175 in the thigh.

Results? Moistest, juiciest, tastiest bird that I've ever tasted. Flavor was unreal, skin was crispy, smoke ring in the breast meat was killer. Prob could've used some foil at the end for aesthetics but it was devoured in record time. Zero leftovers from a 21# bird!

Also, I used some apple chunks to flavor up.


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Freddy j
01-01-2013, 09:33 AM
After much thought I decided to cook the bird whole with the meat probe into the breast, when it reached temp, I would temp the thigh meat and make a decision based on the temps.

I made up 2 ice packs using 2 x 1 gallon zip lock bags and put one flat the breast and the other I filled up and pushed up into the cavity as far as I could & let the bird sit out for an hour while I prepped the wsm.

About 5 hour cook at 325 with some applewood at the start --- please go here to see the results and pics http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=150598

jsimonson0
01-01-2013, 12:33 PM
I got a beercan turkey roaster to stand the bird up; it works great for cooking whole and allows the heat to flow into the center of the bird as well as around the outside.

Supposedly a 24oz beercan will also stand a turkey up and the bubbling juices from whatever is in the car will help with the cooking process.

Foxfire
01-01-2013, 12:36 PM
Fantastic job, thanks a ton for posting pix!

Smoke House Moe
01-01-2013, 12:41 PM
That bird is looking sexy with a brand new tan.

Looks farkin amazing

Freddy j
01-01-2013, 01:11 PM
Fantastic job, thanks a ton for posting pix!

That bird is looking sexy with a brand new tan.

Looks farkin amazing

Thank you for your kind words and reading my thread guys.

Freddy j
01-01-2013, 01:22 PM
I got a beercan turkey roaster to stand the bird up; it works great for cooking whole and allows the heat to flow into the center of the bird as well as around the outside.

Supposedly a 24oz beercan will also stand a turkey up and the bubbling juices from whatever is in the car will help with the cooking process.

That is a good idea and I considered it for this cook but I was nervous that it would speed up the cooking time on the breast and I was trying to slow it down. I will smoke a smaller bird next time and use this method with the cone like thing from my fryer.

JACKHANDY
01-09-2013, 05:49 PM
I did a 21# on the egg 2 Thanksgivings ago...it was awesome.
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