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Old 11-24-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default How do you prep your bird?

This year I am doing cajun smoked turkey. Pretty simple, mixing up some butter and Tony Cachere's. Rubbing inside the skin and out. Charcoal smoker with a mix of apple wood and charred oak bourbon barrel.

This is my first year smoking a turkey. I'm thinking of letting it go at 250-275 for about 4 hours on the smoker, then roasting in the oven with a cover the rest of the way. This is best way I can think to make sure I don't dry the limbs of the turkey and still capture the smoke flavor.

Curious, how are CTers prepping their turkeys?
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
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Default Re: How do you prep your bird?

The way we have done it the past couple of years is in an infrared cooker. It takes about 2.5 hours for it to cook and it comes out nice and juicy. As far as seasoning goes, I am not sure what will be used this year but I like the idea of the cajun spices you are using. A smoked turkey sounds delicious, let us know how it turns out.
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The way we have done it the past couple of years is in an infrared cooker. It takes about 2.5 hours for it to cook and it comes out nice and juicy. As far as seasoning goes, I am not sure what will be used this year but I like the idea of the cajun spices you are using. A smoked turkey sounds delicious, let us know how it turns out.
I've heard good things about those infrared cookers.

I usually brine my turkey and fry it. However, this year it is a small group some I'm doing stuffed quail instead of turkey.
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Default Re: How do you prep your bird?

We've been using a simple procedure that we saw Alton Brown do on FoodNetwork several years ago. Prep a piece of foil to go over the main body (not the wings) but leave it off initially. Cook at 500* (!!!!!) for 30 minutes, then back 'er down to 350*, put the foil on, and cook until the internal temp is 161* (guess that extra degree is important; we never dared ask). Comes out awesomely moist & juicy

OK actually Cocky might not approve, but still...
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I've heard good things about those infrared cookers.

I usually brine my turkey and fry it. However, this year it is a small group some I'm doing stuffed quail instead of turkey.
I guess my parents saw a demonstration at Costco and tried the turkey and loved it. My dad bought it and we have used it for two years now. It is very low maintenance to cook and clean up and has yielded good results for us.
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Default Re: How do you prep your bird?

I have used the infrared the last several years and love it. Same results as frying one without the messy clean up. Only downfall is the time it takes to cook one. I will brine mine this year for the first time. We also rub it down with Tony's Chachere's spice before cooking.
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Default Re: How do you prep your bird?

I don't have enough people any more to cook a big bird. When I do I brine, smoke at 230-240, then hot roast in the oven. Baste with butter during the roast to crispthe skin. Cover legs and such with foil as needed.

Haven't really decided yet for this year. I take one of the kids to brunch on Wednesday, Marie and I hit a brunch on Thursday, and I will cook the traditional meal on Friday. Being a day late does not bother me. Maybe a turkey breast. Maybe a duck. Maybe a pheasant, who knows. Maybe I'll just do a ham instead. Hopefully I will be able to spend some time late Wednesday and early Thursday helping cook at a shelter here.
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