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Transcript: Turkey Chat With TVWB & Weber's Kevin Kolman - November 2013

On November 19, 2013, I had the privilege of participating in a one-hour tweetup with Kevin Kolman, Weber Grill Master and blogger. The event was conducted on Twitter and moderated by Weber's social media team. Weber gave away a 14.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker to one lucky participant.

Here's a transcript of the tweetup.


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

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

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

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

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

Kevin's Backyard @KevinsBackyard
@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 165°F and the thigh, 175°F

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What is the internal temp for the #turkey?

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

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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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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Weber Grills @WeberGrills
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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