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First Cajun Smoked Turkey - need feedback

 
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Tean94



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17 14 4:09 pm    Post subject: First Cajun Smoked Turkey - need feedback Reply with quote

I'll be smoking a 15 lb Turkey on my REC TEC. I'm doing it Cajun style. Would you brine or inject or both? I've got a recipe for Cajun injection, but not sure what to do if brining.

On a side note, I've noticed most store bought turkeys say they are brined already. Would you still brine or would it make meat too mushy?

Also, I'm planning on smoking at 325.

Any feedback is appreciated.
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Cat797
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17 14 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is already "enhanced", I would NOT brine it. The meat may turn mushy, but more importantly, it will be too salty. I would also hesitate to inject it unless I knew specifically what you were injecting with and could reduce the salt content of it (I'm thinking like the store bought stuff....that is going to be real salty). Finding a bird that has not been jacked with is a real challenge and you will most likely have to go to a butcher and pay for the free-range type turkey.

I have had good luck just rubbing the birds and placing herbs and aromatics in the cavity and under the skin on ones that have been enhanced. Smoke or grill at 325ish and go easy on the smoke...Birds take it real easily and you don't want to ruin T-day! Shocked Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22 14 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: First Cajun Smoked Turkey - need feedback Reply with quote

Tean94 wrote:
I'll be smoking a 15 lb Turkey on my REC TEC. I'm doing it Cajun style. Would you brine or inject or both? I've got a recipe for Cajun injection, but not sure what to do if brining.

On a side note, I've noticed most store bought turkeys say they are brined already. Would you still brine or would it make meat too mushy?

Also, I'm planning on smoking at 325.

Any feedback is appreciated.


How are you doing it to be Cajun style?
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