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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Allingham View Post
    Don't feel bad, we got to less than half of the questions asked!

    It was fast paced. The questions were coming faster than I could answer them, and ...Confusing....
    Oh no. I don't feel bad at all. It was a fun, fast paced experience. Congrats to Timbo! You'll love it!

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    Twitter Turkey Chat Transcript: Part 1

    Here's Part 1 of a transcript from the Twitter Turkey Chat with @WeberGrills and @KevinsBackyard and @VirtualWeber on November 19, 2013. Thanks again to Weber and Kevin Kolman for making this happen!

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    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills 19 Nov
    Talk smoking #turkeys w/@KevinsBackyard @VirtualWeber at 7ct tonight! Tweet ?s to #wsmturkey. We will #givewaway a 14.5" smoker!!

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills 19 Nov
    #Turkey chat w/ @KevinsBackyard @VirtualWeber at 7pm ct! #giveaway 14.5" smoker- every ? to #wsmturkey is an entry.

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills 19 Nov
    5 min until turkey smoking chat w/ @KevinsBackyard @VirtualWeber. Tweet ?s to #wsmturkey for chance to win 14.5" smoker.

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    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills 19 Nov
    Welcome to the #wsmturkey chat!! Tweet ?s to #wsmturkey. Search #wsmturkey to follow the ?s and answers!

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills 19 Nov
    Thank you #Weber grill master @KevinsBackyard and smoker enthusiast @VirtualWeber for being part of the #wsmturkey chat!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber 19 Nov
    @WeberGrills It's a pleasure to be part of this chat event!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard 19 Nov
    @WeberGrills Great to be apart of this chat!!!

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    1st ? for @KevinsBackyard @VirtualWeber. Why smoke a #turkey, what makes it so great??

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    it taste awesome when it's smoked

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    People are always amazed at how smoke enhances the flavor of turkey. There's nothing like it!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    Smoked turkey=flavor, moisture, color, aroma, and extra time outside with family +beer!

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    Key ? to smoking- how big of a turkey can you fit in each smoker? @lennitt5h @Foodie_Chick

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    22lb in the 18" on top grate, or about 29lb vertically on bottom grate.

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    18.5-25-30lbs. 22.5- 35-40lbs. It has to do with how round the turkey is not height.

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    Smoker @MarkRuhe asks- what grill temp do you recommend for Smoked Turkey 250 or 350?

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    If you want well-rendered skin, go for 350! If you don't care about skin, 250 is fine.

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I recommend around 250-300 degrees. I have found that temperature range gave me the best results!!

    John Shepard ‏@SirPorkaLot
    I do both. Cook at 275 then crank to 400-425 last 30 min to crisp skin

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    @SirPorkaLot Awesome! Thanks for letting us know. #grillon!

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    What do you think- to brine or not to brine?- @ScottCRM

    Jeannine ‏@mellanhead
    good question. We normally brine our turkey

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    definitely brine

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    both ways are great, personal preference-what I like is a 40 pound beer can turkey!!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Brining keeps turkey moist, adds flavor, & helps in case you overcook. But lately I'm more into salting.

    Scott Thorn ‏@ScottCRM
    Interesting! Thanks, guys.

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    40lb beer can turkey requires a big Foster's can, I assume. :-)

    ron montgomery ‏@montgomeryzoo
    If the turkey is an injected bird does brining help?

    Scott Thorn ‏@ScottCRM
    Good question. I'm wondering the same. Like to inject mine with non-salted butter.

    Patrick Sells ‏@patricksells
    ***brine

    Michael Brand ‏@mlbcpa
    2 breasts every year and always brine and smoke with apple and peach wood.

    Rob ‏@Farrellrn17
    Brine!

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    What should @radioguye do differently with a turkey breast vs whole bird?

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I would make sure you lift the skin and get some butter seasoning on the meat. Crazy flavor

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I don't do much differently between breast vs whole. I cook breast to 165*F. Easy!

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    What liquid should be put in the water pan? @aparcan

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    When I use liquid, it's H20. Not a big believer in wasting beer etc in the pan. Kevin???

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    @kanderna is asking apple juice in the pan... any effect?

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I think you will a little flavor, try apple wood, juice in the cavity and if you want more, baste it too

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Drink the apple juice, put water in the pan. :-)

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    @EricMichaudCT asks where can you find food safe buckets to brine the turkey?

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    This article provides ideas on where to find food safe brining buckets. http://virtualweberbullet.com/plastics.html#appropriate

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I have found them at THE Home Depot and Lowe's. Look for food grade and FDA approved

    Eric Michaud ‏@EricMichaudCT
    Awesome,thanks

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    We've got both @tboyd28 & @BeHardcoreJMC asking for the BEST #turkey rub.

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    You'll find my favorite turkey rub in this article: http://virtualweberbullet.com/turkey1.html

    Tom Boyd ‏@TBoyd28
    thanks for the info

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    How do you catch the drippings for the gravy w/o it evaporating? @rudyzepedajr23

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    One large drip pan with water and then place another one on top for your drippings.

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Foil the pan, leaving gap between each, and drippings don't seem to evaporate/burn

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    What should a cheese cloth be soaked in, when should it be put on, taken off the turkey?

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    little H20, take off 1-2 hours before your turkey is done

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    What do you think about injecting? Good, bad? What is the best? @sobrian19

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    good for introducing flavor

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    I love injection bacon fat into the breast with Italian seasoning. Use a large injector!!

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    wow, will be awesome flavor

    Jeff Pile ‏@Jeff_Pile
    I love injecting with Creole Butter, works great!

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    Thanks for letting us know! It sounds delicious! #grillon!

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    We've gotten a few ?s on this. What woods are best w/turkey? Chips or chunks?

    D Zak ‏@DAbbZak
    I have used apple, pecan and cherry. I like cherry the best with turkey.

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I like hickory, cherry or apple and chunks. Longer burn and more consistent!!

    John Shepard ‏@SirPorkaLot
    I use chunks of Apple wood. Don’t go heavy with wood on poultry though

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    very nice

    Pulled Porky BBQ ‏@pulledporky
    apple wood is my wood of choice for turkey it pairs well with my maple brine

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Apple is my go-to smoke wood for turkey, followed by cherry. Love the fruit woods!

    Wayne Brown ‏@brownkw
    I like apple and pecan with the big bird. Don't want a lot of smoke.

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Definitely chunks! I apply once at the beginning of the cook and that's it.

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    Can you tell us @KevinsBackyard- what do you stuff your #turkey w/ instead of stuffing?

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    I would really love to know

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I stuff mine with onions, peppers, garlic, apples and lots of beer!!!

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    Great ? from @chiefwinemaker- where in the turkey do you check for internal temp?

    Wayne Brown ‏@brownkw
    165 in the breast. Even better is to pull it up at 160 and let it rest up to 165

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    breast should register 165F and the thigh, 175F

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    What is the internal temp for the #turkey?

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    breast should register 165F and the thigh, 175F

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    What Kevin said...165 breast 175 thigh. Check several spots & avg the readings.

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    wow- placing some cooked chorizo under the skin before I smoke it? Will dry it up?

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Have not tried cooked chorizo under the skin. I yield to Kevin... :-)

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    probably will but try and save some of the fat of the chorizo to also place under the skin fat=flavor!

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    Twitter Turkey Chat Transcript: Part 2

    Here's Part 2 of a transcript from the Twitter Turkey Chat with @WeberGrills and @KevinsBackyard and @VirtualWeber on November 19, 2013. Thanks again to Weber and Kevin Kolman for making this happen!

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    Skin or no skin on the #turkey? @timbosimpson and @Chermarsh3000 want to know.

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    is it better to use the skin or go skinless ?

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    skin always when smoking or grilling but would not eat any when done, that's what the meat is for!!

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    lol , thanks for the info

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Skin on a whole turkey, of course. But boneless skinless breasts are a favorite!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    It's hard to get good skin when smoking, but high heat, no H2O in pan, & other techniques help.

    Timothy Simpson ‏@timbosimpson
    So basically, throw the skin away...

    Deb Roby ‏@debroby
    Crispy skin is one of the best part of turkey.

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    Weber friend @GrillingwRich wonders- how do you maintain the temp of the smoker?

    Aaron Hill ‏@AaronBaronHill
    there's no substitute for familiarity with your machine!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    Chris this is all you since I learned this one from your site!!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I use Minion Method to light smoker, leave top vent 100% open, control temp w/ bottom vents. WSM makes it easy!

    adh ‏@adh009
    use the minion method for lighting Coles, and just keep it in range of 225-275 don't baby sit takes fun out of it

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    What is smoke time for lb of turkey? Hrs per lb at say 250? @Chris_Dietel

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I would say 25-30 min/lb at 250*F.

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I would say somewhere 25-30 minutes per pound. If its cold outside it could go to 30-40

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    See, great minds think alike! :-)

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    thats cause I learned everything from Chris's site!!!

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    Good meat to smoke on bottom rack if turkey on the top rack? @LifeIsMagick @SirPorkaLot

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I would recommend putting the turkey below, packer cut brisket on top grate

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Why not some pork shoulder? Pork makes every meal better!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    BUT...you'd have to start the pork butt much earlier than the turkey.

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I like Kevin's idea of pork ribs...more in line w/ turkey cook time.

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    That's an app around noon!! My nephew EVAN loves them!

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    After I take the #turkey off, how long until I carve it?

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I like to wait 25-30 minutes. I will go after a drumstick cause I have waited long enough

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    30-40 minute resting time before carving. I've done it at 20 minutes, but hard to handle!

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    that's funny , I love the lots of meat like the breast

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    10 min left to tweet your ?s to #wsmturkey. Each ? = 1 entry for 14.5" smoker.

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    What time are you getting up on #thanksgiving to start your smoker?

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I will be cooking the day before Thanksgiving, so I can relax on the big day!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I am getting up at 3:30 CT. Someone keep me company! #lonelyontop

    Timothy Simpson ‏@timbosimpson
    I'm there with you!!!! 3 turkeys at this house, classic roasted, fried and smoked!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    @timbosimpson I Love it. Hit me up on kevin's backyard next Thrusday

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I wonder if Kevin is grilling or smoking his turkey this year? Or both? :-)

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    3 turkeys, 12 slabs of ribs, one brisket and one shoulder!! I LOVE HOLIDAYS

    RZJR23 ‏@rudyzepedajr23
    you must take pictures!!!!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    @rudyzepedajr23 I will, see you at 4!!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I want to come to YOUR HOUSE for Thanksgiving! Sounds like a real feast!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    You have a standing invitation Chris. Thanks for all you do for us BULLET heads

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    Great ?- Do you baste? If so, how often? @meesteryong

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    I typically don't baste, but when I have it's been every 30 minutes or so.

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    Last ?- how do you get the great color on the #turkey? @dtkfj

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    very good question

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Apple or cherry wood is a big part of great skin color. And the WSM makes it easy!

    Kevin's Backyard ‏@KevinsBackyard
    I like EVOO salt pepper, and a cheese cloth for the first 2-3 hours. Remove cloth add EVOO and BOOM

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    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    Thank you to our smoking experts @KevinsBackyard @VirtualWeber for a great #wsmturkey chat!!! RETWEET for your applause!

    Cher Marsh ‏@Chermarsh3000
    thank you for those awesome tips

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Thanks to @WeberGrills for organizing this chat! And thanks to everyone for such great questions! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    Chris Dietel ‏@Chris_Dietel
    thanks for answering my question. Great advice.

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    @Chris_Dietel @KevinsBackyard @VirtualWeber Thank you for being part of our chat. We loved having you there. #grillon!

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    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    Drum roll please....... our fan who has randomly won the 14.5" smoker is...............@timbosimpson

    Timothy Simpson ‏@timbosimpson
    HOLY SMOKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO HONORED!!!!!!

    VirtualWeberBullet ‏@VirtualWeber
    Congrats, Timbo! Enjoy the 14.5" WSM, and stop by The Virtual Weber Bullet & tell us how you like it!

    Weber Grills ‏@WeberGrills
    @timbosimpson Please send us a private message with your contact info- we will send the grill out tomorrow. Congrats!

    Eric Michaud ‏@EricMichaudCT
    Congrats, very cool

    Timothy Simpson ‏@timbosimpson
    THANK YOU!!!

    John Cerasuolo ‏@JRCerasuolo
    TS wins the internet. I have 1/2 a hog on order, MUST COME TO HOU with smoker.

    food_chick ‏@food_chick
    Just got home to find out I am a loser ... Congrats @timbosimpson

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