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Thread: The Manhattan Project, Smoked Turkey version.

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    The Manhattan Project, Smoked Turkey version.

    Preparing the bird today for my first smoked turkey...

    Goals:
    1. Moist and flavorful meat, with subtle nodes of pecan smoke flavoring
    2. Brown and crisp skin

    After much research, I have decided against a wet brine. I will use a dry, salt rub to facilitate the osmotic process.
    Wet brine will increase the likelihood of rubbery skin when smoking in the 250-275F range.

    Sourced Pecan wood for smoke, suppose to give a wonderful flavor to the meat and color to the skin.

    Plan:

    Today

    1. Separate skin from meat as much as possible with hand or wood spoon.
    2. Make 4, 1" slits along backbone to facilitate rendered fat to escape
    3. Rub 4 tbls of Kosher salt into cavity
    4. Rub 1 tbls of kosher salt onto each breast (under skin)
    5. Rub 1 tsp of Kosher salt onto each thigh (under skin)
    6. Mix 1 tsp each of Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and baking powder. Rub into the exterior skin surface.
    (The baking powder will increase flavor, browning and crisping of the skin. If I understand this correctly it allows the Mailard Reaction to occur even though temps do not reach 310f)
    7. Cover in plastic wrap and let set in fridge for 24-48 hours so the osmotic process can do its magic

    Tomorrow

    1. Smoke turkey using Pecan wood till an internal temperature of 175F is reached.
    2. Deglaze the drip pan with white wine or vermouth, add a little butter for creaminess, plate with sauce on the side.
    3. Go to hospital with heart attack but with big smile

    Ok chefs, cooks and pitmasters, give me your feedback, before I reach a point of no return :-)
    This is my first turkey, woot woot!

    Hurry over

    Last edited by Av8tor1; 12-07-2013 at 12:26 PM.

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    Well, that is that... I'm officially committed to the process
    Steps 1-7 done,
    hmmmm need to get some Vermouth :P

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    To paraphrase the ancient Sanskrit, and your allusion to the Manhattan Project, Butch "has become Death, the shatterer of turkeys . . ."

    Sammiches . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    sammiches my butt, git ur **** over here.... bring cookies, I know you got some :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    sammiches my butt, git ur **** over here.... bring cookies, I know you got some :P
    Yes, and thanks to you and Zuzana for that . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    she baked, I helped with the card selection :P
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 12-07-2013 at 01:20 PM.

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    I'll be a metric ton if you guys have your way . . .
    “Sì perché l'autorità dell'opinione di mille nelle scienze non val per una scintilla di ragione di un solo . . ."

    -- Galileo "Biff" Galilei

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    meh, move here.... no one will notice :P

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