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Old 10-24-2012, 09:54 AM   #1
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Smoking a Turkey

Anyone ever take an electric smoker out to a camp ground and smoke a turkey for Thanksgiving?
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:30 PM   #2
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It's too hard to roll it in those little papers.
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If I were going to do it, I would fry mine. 18 minutes to perfection.
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Tx, I tried frying a turkey last weekend. Couldn't keep my temp of the oil above 250 once I put the turkey in.
I heated it to 350, dropped it in and it never got back up to 350.
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This is my opinion and may not be indorsed by the ADA, AMA, Fire Fighter Association or any other ASSociations, but it has cooked good turkey for years.
Only use pure peanut oil. If your kids or anyone else is peanut intolerant, this is not for them. Heat it to 350F. Slow....slow....slowly lower a THAWED turkey int othe hot oil. (this is the part that is the most dangerous and where people not skilled in frying stuff catch things on fire).

Your oil temp will drop. Let it. I finish cooking mine at 225F, for roughly 2.5 to 3 minutes per pound. When done the bird will float and have a nice dark caramel colored skin. a 15 pound bird should take less than 45 minutes to cook thoroughly.

At 225 your oil will continue to boil. You do not want it to be 350f for the entire cooking time. This has worked for me.

I seasonthe skin f the bird and inside with a cajun spice and I inject them right before frying. I dont like the potency of spice that is injected 24 hours in advance, but some prefer it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:30 PM   #7
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Trash Can Turkey:
12 lb turkey
20 gallon galvanized trash can
20 lbs of charcoal
Rebar or stand for turkey

Put turkey on stand
Put as much charcoal from 20 lb bag on top of trash can and remainder, rimmed around can.
Light and let cook till charcoal spent (about 1 3/4 hrs).
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I disagree! Fried turkey should be done at 300 to 325! Get oil to 350 then put thawed bird in. I use cotton seed oil. Thinner then peanut. Heats quicker.

As far as smoking, have only used charcoal smoker. Cut 18 lb turkey in half used a rub on and under skin. Good eats!!!
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Cooking a turkey in a galvanized garbage can is hazardous to your health. Galvanizing is a hazardous material when burning.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:43 PM   #10
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I've smoked a 20+ lb bird the last two thanksgivings. They both turned out really well.
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