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tom288
03-14-2007, 02:08 PM
I have a self basting turkey Im gonna smoke in my WSM tonight, I was wondering what would be a good rub to apply to the turkey, I wont be brining it. Also, any preference on apple vs cherry for the smoke wood?

Thanks

Plowboy
03-14-2007, 02:12 PM
Mix the wood. 50/50 or slightly heavier on the apple would be my preference.

Here's a basic rub that you could start with and add other herbs and seasonings as you wish.

1 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C Paprika
3 TBS Black Pepper
3 TBS Sea Salt (decrease slightly for Kosher and cut in half for table salt)
2 TBS Chili powder
2 TBS Garlic Powder
2 TBS Onion Powder
1 tsp Cayenne

jt
03-14-2007, 02:15 PM
Apple wood is awesome on birds. I mix it with a little oak to keep the heat up.

Wine & Swine
03-14-2007, 02:17 PM
I add some poultry seasoning to my rub when I do turkey and it works great for me (the sage has that great "Thanksgiving" smell). I think either apple or cherry wood will work great (I like apple with turkey myself but usually mix with other wood).

Plowboy
03-14-2007, 02:20 PM
For commercial rubs, I like The Slabs - Perk Your Pork rub or my own rub on turkey.

tom288
03-14-2007, 02:21 PM
That sounds good Plowboy. Should I go heavy or light with the amount of wood? Say 4 pieces? And should I go 3:1 apple:cherry, or mix apple with oak or hickory? The bird should only take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cook.

Plowboy
03-14-2007, 02:21 PM
Oh, and McCormicks makes a couple of poultry rubs like Montreal Chicken and another one I can't recall that is really good. Low salt, if that matters.

Plowboy
03-14-2007, 02:23 PM
That sounds good Plowboy. Should I go heavy or light with the amount of wood? Say 4 pieces? And should I go 3:1 apple:cherry, or mix apple with oak or hickory? The bird should only take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cook.

1:1 Apple & Hickory sounds best to me, but that's my taste. I like hickory a lot, but I'm in that part of the country where we have a LOT of hickory. Oak will be a little less strong.

tom288
03-14-2007, 02:30 PM
So, say 2 good sized pieces of apple and 2 of hickory. Id like to get a good BBQ smoke flavor but keep it balanced with the apple.

Would it be flavorful to add a layer of melted butter or vegetable oil to the outside of the bird, then apply the rub?

RichardF
03-14-2007, 02:32 PM
I like to keep it simple with smoked turkey, but whatever you do, think about slathering in olive oil. Mmmmm....

jpw23
03-14-2007, 04:07 PM
I like to grind up a couple of chicken boullion cubes in my poultry rub.

tom288
03-14-2007, 07:14 PM
Ok, just put the turkey in the cooker. I used Plowboys rub with a 1/2 TSP of sage, and rubbed the bird down with olive oil. Ill let you know how it turns out, and take some pics if I can, this is my first turkey. Oh, I was out of hickory so I used 3 pieces of apple and one piece of oak.

Making some stuffing, green beans, rolls, and butter and sour cream mashed potatoes to go along with it...should be good.

Thanks for the help.

big brother smoke
03-14-2007, 07:19 PM
That sounds good Plowboy. Should I go heavy or light with the amount of wood? Say 4 pieces? And should I go 3:1 apple:cherry, or mix apple with oak or hickory? The bird should only take 2 1/2 to 3 hours to cook.

Must be a small bird or a boob!:shock:

tom288
03-14-2007, 07:53 PM
Its 13 or 14 lbs, heres the recipe Im using:

http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey4.html

jt
03-15-2007, 03:33 PM
Oh, I was out of hickory so I used 3 pieces of apple and one piece of oak.
This is a very good mix. Just the smell in the yard is killer! :-D

jsimonson0
03-16-2007, 01:09 PM
I use Walkers Wood jerk marinade or rub, depending on the timeframe. Given the size we're talking, it's hard to go too heavy and make it too hot.