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    Too Much Smoke

    Friends,
    Even though it's a terrible day here in West Tennessee, I smoked a spatchcocked Turkey for supper.
    Temperature-wise, it came out great.
    I used 2 chunks of Apple over 1 1/2 chimneys of Kingsford Blue.
    All vents wide open the entire cook; empty water pan.
    It hit 165 in the breast in exactly 3 hours!!

    Problem is, the skin is WAY too dark from the smoke.
    Can't I drape with foil in this situation to reduce the amount of smoke hitting the bird??
    If not, what would you do? It looked beautiful about 2 hrs in.

    BTW, after eating...this was the BEST turkey I've ever done!
    Moist, tender, smokey. Seasoned with Tony Chachere's!
    Everyone is full!!
    Last edited by Charles Howse; 02-20-2019 at 05:26 PM.
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    On one hand you say it was the best turkey you ever had...

    Then you say it was too Smokey on the skin

    Sounds to me like the skin was dark cuz it was cooked on high heat... Not from too much smoke.

    I'm not sure why you care what the skin looks like either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinB View Post
    On one hand you say it was the best turkey you ever had...

    Then you say it was too Smokey on the skin

    Sounds to me like the skin was dark cuz it was cooked on high heat... Not from too much smoke.

    I'm not sure why you care what the skin looks like either.
    Hi MartinB,
    The skin needs to not be so dark because I want it to not be so dark.
    I was better, but I got over it.
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    Charles, you may get away with tenting it with foil when you get the good color. That works in an oven but I've never tried it on a WSM. An alternative is to wrap in foil when the skin gets to the color you want. I would try the tent first and see what happens You want what you want - nothing wrong with that. LOL
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    Thanks Lew, I hadn't thought about wrapping it. Hate to do anything that might 'soften' the skin, but I'll try it.
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    You think it could be from the seasoning you applied?

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    You could have burned sugar in your rub, but I'd try maybe less wood. Make sure your charcoal is fully lit so you aren't getting smoke from that. Did you have the water pan in?

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    Tenting or foiling is going to cost you the crisp texture you want. Try less wood.
    I know what you mean, two hours in, it has the most beautiful color and by carving time, it looks like it’s one step from black.
    I’ve learned to accept that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Howse View Post
    Hi MartinB,
    The skin needs to not be so dark because I want it to not be so dark.
    I love this reply, by the way. A lot of times people answer a question with "Why do you even want to do that?" instead of just answering the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James N View Post
    You think it could be from the seasoning you applied?
    Hi James N,
    I used Tony Chachere's, as I have before. It has no sugar in it, and I didn't apply a lot.
    Now that I think about it, the last 2 turkeys I smoked were done the same way, and only one was a little darker than I wanted.

    As far as tenting with foil, I've seen it done in videos on YouTube (HowToBBQRight), and it worked well.

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