Rotisserie Turkey on the Rec Tec Wyldside using the ThermoWork BlueDOT

Rotisserie Turkey on the Rec Tec Wyldside using the ThermoWork BlueDOT

This recipe shows how to cook a 12-pound turkey on a rotisserie using herb butter and using a ThermoWorks BlueDot thermometer to monitor the turkey internal temperature.
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbarbecue turkey, herb butter, rotisserie, rotisserie turkey, wyldside grill
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 50 minutes
Servings8
Calories170kcal
Cost25

Ingredients

Cooking Ingredients

Instructions

  • Here what it looks like when I first put the turkey on.
    The rotisserie handled this 12-pound turkey like it weighed nothing.
  • The ThermoWorks BlueDOT also ran flawlessly and its round design and two powerful magnets in the back made attaching it rather easy.
  • To attach the BlueDOT all I needed was a round disk used to mount phones magnetically to your dash.
    To attach the BlueDOT you need to route the BlueDOT temperature probe wire through the rotisserie bushing. This bushing allows the spit to turn freely on the grill.
  • Wipe the spit handle clean and remove the paper so the adhesive is exposed
  • Now center the disk at the end of the handle.
    I felt it was easier to put the disk on the table and then center the handle.
  • With disk attached to handle take the blue dot and test how secure it is.
    I was amazed at how strong the magnet was and how secure the BlueDOT became on the handle.
  • Now before you attach the handle just make sure the probe cable can be attached to the BlueDOT and also that the temperature probe can be inserted into the turkey.

    Now screw the handle back on to the spit.
  • Because your cable is going to be a lot longer than you need I wrapped the excess cable around the handle before inserting the cable into the BlueDOT.
  • Now it is time to prep the turkey.
    I borrow this recipe from Gordon Ramsey and it is great at keeping a turkey moist.
    The secret is making an herb butter.
    Your start with 2 sticks of unsalted butter.
    1 Tablespoon of Sage
    1 Tablespoon of Rosemary
    1 Tablespoon of Thyme
  • Now clean your hands and put on a pair of food preparation gloves and go for it.
    You need to make sure every inch of butter is mixed with the spices.
    Now put the herb butter in the refrigerator and let all those spices become one with the butter.
  • Now on to the turkey.
    Got this 12 pound turkey at Sprouts Farmer Market. It is fully natural and has not been injected with salt.
    If you see the words enhanced when you by a turkey it means they injected salt into the turkey. The only thing that is enhanced is the companies bank account.
    For the salt makes the turkey weigh more when it is bought.
    Also, you should never brine an enhance turkey and also an enhanced turkey does mean it is brined. It is not.
    As you see I am removing all the accessories. You do not need any plastic holding legs or a popup temperature gauge that guarantees an overcooked turkey.
    Do keep the neck and all the gizzards for they make a great gravy.
  • Now its time to tie up this bird. You do not want the legs and wings dangling on the rotisserie.
    I separate the job into two twines. One twine to hold the wings in tight and then a second twine to secure the leg s and also hold the skin tight.
    Take twine and loop behind the wings then go around the turkey and secure the wings.
    Make sure you cut the loose ends of the twine so they do not get close to the fire..
  • With the wings tied get a second twine and loop it around the breast bone and follow behind each leg.
    This will push up the breast and also pull the legs up so the skin will tighten and will cook evenly.
    Put the legs together with one on top of the other and wrap legs with twine.
    Flip the bird over and then circles twine over the pope nose and pull twine tight and tie.
  • Now make final adjustments and get ready to apply herb butter.
    Before the butter can be applied you need to separate the skin from the breast.
    With your finger push slowly but firmly between the breast meat and the skin.
    Do this from both sides of the cavity.
  • Now go get he herb butter and put it into the microwave for around 20 seconds and soften it up.
    Now apply butter on every inch of the breast under the skin.
    As you put more butter in with one hand use the other hand to even out the butter.
    This butter is going to give you a very moist turkey with a perfectly golden turkey skin and the herbs will add those subtle flavors we all crave when we have thanksgiving turkey.
  • When you are done covering the breasts then cover every inch of skin on the outside and also in the cavity.
    More butter means better self-basting as the bird turns on the rotisserie.
    Now you know where the name Butterball came from.
  • Make sure you get into all the crevasses and also underneath the twine.
    Now it is time to put the turkey on the spit rod.
    With the turkey laying with the breasts facing up put spit rod through the top cavity and then the lower cavity making sure the rod is above the legs.
    Insert spit rod fork into the upper part of the breasts
    Now put the other spit rod fork and make sure both legs are secured by the fork.
    Now using plyers make sure both forks are secured.
  • Now it is time to get this turkey on the grill and as you can see the rotisserie is turning freely without any hesitation and the bird is not flopping around.
    The BlueDOT temperature probe is also inserted into the thickest part of the breast.
    Here is the BlueDOT only minutes after I put the turkey on.
  • Turkey's temperature is 57 degrees and the alarm is set for 165 degrees. As you can see very easy to read the display.
    For cooking fuel, I am using Royal Oak lump charcoal and Kingsford hickory smoking chunks.
  • Here is the turkey a little over halfway through the cook and you see how evenly the bird is cooking.
  • The Wyldside pit area maintains an even and consistent heat due to the heavy large metal plate at the bottom of the pit.
    In addition, it has a variable speed blower that acts like bellows giving the fire additional oxygen.
    Now here is the ThermoWorks app showing not only the turkey temperature but shows the complete graph of the cook.
  • When turkey hit 160F I then pulled turkey and covered in foil to rest. Over the next 30 minutes, the turkey temperature raised to 165F and the turkey was ready to be served.
  • Cook time before the rest was 1 hour and 53 minutes. The total time from start to finish was 2 hours and 23 minutes. The turkey came out very moist and was full of flavor from the herb butter.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3oz | Calories: 170kcal | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 96mg

Spatchcock Turkey on a Pellet Grill using a Almazan Knife

Spatchcock Turkey on a Pellet Grill using a Almazan Knife

The Challenge – Spatchcock Turkey on the GMG pellet grill. Total cook time less than 3 hours and 15 minutes.
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbarbecue turkey, butterfly, flatten, spatchcock, turkey, whole turkey
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 7 minutes
Servings8
Calories756kcal
Cost25

Instructions

  • Unwrap turkey and remove the neck and the giblets and place in stock pot.
  • Cutoff extra skin using poultry shears.
  • Flip turkey over so the backbone is facing up.
  • Using your poultry shears cut down both sides of the back bone until you can completely remove it. Then cut of the Pope Nose and put the backbone and Pope Nose into the stock pot.
  • Break rib cage using a heavy and sharp knife like this Almazan Knife. Make sure you do not cut all the way through the turkey but enough so the turkey can lay flat.
  • Now cut off wing tips. This is the part of the bird that always burns so best to remove and add to stock pot.
  • Flip turkey over and put on roasting rack and pan so the skin is facing upward and then season with SPG (Salt, Pepper and Garlic).
  • Now spay all the skin with olive oil. Always do this last so the no oil gets between the skin and the salt.
  • Now insert meat probes into each breast. Best to cook by temperature and not time.
  • Now put turkey on rack and pan into the barbecue grill set for 350F.
  • Cook turkey till internal temperature in the middle of the breast reaches 165F. Then remove turkey from grill. The cooking time on this turkey was 3 hours and 7 minutes.
  • While still on rack and pan rest the turkey for 30 minutes.
  • Now slice turkey and serve.

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Nutrition

Serving: 16ounces | Calories: 756kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.8g | Protein: 91.8g | Fat: 37.8g | Saturated Fat: 10.8g

How to Smoke a Turkey on a Pellet Smoker – Keto – LCHF

How to Smoke a Turkey on a Pellet Smoker – Keto – LCHF

To brine or not to brine. Then if you decide to brine is it a wet brine or a dry brine. Having cooked Turkey all three ways I now do a dry brine. Here is a great article “The Quick and Dirty Guide to Brining Chicken or Turkey” that will explain the whole subject. https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/quick-and-dirty-guide-to-brining-turkey-chicken-thanksgiving.html I have done Turkey on my pellet smoker for the last four years. It always turns out perfect. Only a couple of things to remember when buying a Turkey. Buy fresh if you can but more importantly try to buy one that has not had salt added to it. When looking at the label at the bottom you might see ” Contains up to 4% of a solution of Water, Salt, and Spices to enhance tenderness and juiciness”. If you see this on the label move on. Just know it is not easy to find a Turkey that has not been enhanced. I had to order mine from Whole Foods for they were the only one that had a fresh, unsalted bird.
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CourseMain Course
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbarbecue turkey, turkey, whole turkey
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours
Servings18
Calories680kcal

Instructions

Dry Brine Turkey

  • Combine 6 tablespoons Morton’s kosher salt with two tablespoons of baking powder in a bowl. Carefully pat your turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Generously sprinkle it on all surfaces with the salt mixture by picking up the mixture between your thumb and fingers, holding it six to ten inches above the bird and letting the mixture shower down over the surface of the turkey for even coverage. The turkey should be well-coated with salt, though not completely encrusted. Leave in refrigerator for 24 hours.

The Cook

  • Prepare the smoker loading it up with either Apple or Cherry wood pellets but use whatever you think will work for you.
  • Make sure you have a water pan full of water the whole time you are smoking the Turkey. Prepare an 8 to 18 lb. thawed or fresh turkey by removing the giblets and neck, draining the juices, and drying with paper towels. The turkey should be completely thawed for even, safe cooking. Do not stuff your turkey. Brush the skin with olive oil and insert an oven-safe meat thermometer deep into the lower thigh.
  • Preheat the smoker to 275F degrees. Place the turkey breast side up on the grill. Place an oven thermometer alongside the turkey to monitor its temperature. I use a remote thermometer so you can monitor the temperature and also set an alarm when it hits 165 degrees (done). Try to plan for about 15-18 minutes per pound when you smoke at around 275F-300F degrees. If you like the skin to be crispy raise temperature to 300F.
  • Check the temperature of your turkey after 3½ hours. Your turkey must pass through a critical range of 40F to 140F in 4 hours or less. If the internal temperature is low after 3½ hours, take your turkey off the smoker and finish it in the oven. When done, remove the turkey from the smoker, protecting your hands with BBQ Gloves, and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.
  • If you want to speed things up and actually have a better-cooked turkey what the video below on how to Spatchcock a turkey. Also here is the Blog recipe – https://learntobbq.com/spatchcock-turkey-on-a-pellet-grill-using-a-almazan-knife/

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 680kcal | Protein: 84g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 260mg | Sodium: 800mg | Potassium: 1072mg | Iron: 7.2mg