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Offline Quarlow

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19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« on: April 02, 2010, 08:56:20 PM »
My brother gave me a 19.5 lb turkey for my birthday and now I have to try to figure out how to get it in the Big easy. Any suggestions? I have been toying with the idea of making a bracket so I can run a rotiserrie rod threw a turkey or roast and then just let the item to be cooked just hang straight up and down from the top. Without the basket in there it would fit . Or I might be able to cut the wings and legs of and just cook the body. Any thoughts?
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2010, 11:53:26 PM »
Q try and get one of the Stainless paper towel holder that sits on the counter top. You can put it in the turkey and and have it come out the neck area. Then hang the bird on a rod across the top of the Big Easy. On the Sizzlin on the Grill site http://sizzleonthegrill.com/user-forums/index.php?topic=1303.0 Savannahsmoker has a picture of what I am talking about. This is how I a doing my turkey on Sunday.

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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 04:29:42 PM »
That looks good Ross I will see what I can do with it like that. I will have to wrap it with some string to to keep the legs and wings from burning off but I just happen to have one of those towel holders right here on the counter. Thanks buddy.
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 04:38:26 PM »
well I managed to get it in the BE. I took twine and tied the legs and wings in, then I run my rotisserie rod threw it so it was about 2" from the pointy end then I stood it in the drain hole at the bottom. I took bailing wire and tied it centered in the barrel and then set it on fire. It is working great but I am going to build a little stand for the bottom and a bracket for the top. The bottom needs to not sit in the hole cause the blood that drips out congeals and then blocks the drippings from running out into the pan. The top will be more conveneint with a centering bracket. This turkey is still to big for this BE and I think the legs will be scorched to hell. I would have to say 18lbs would be the max for future use. I will post picks when it is all done cause I am having trouble with my card transferring to my comp.
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010, 04:47:13 PM »
I took bailing wire

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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2010, 09:45:01 PM »
Gee, sorry I missed this thread Q.  That sounds like a pretty tight fit.  Certainly getting rid of the 'cage' and suspending it sounds like the way to go.  I made a contraption like that for a chicken last year.  Get to know your hardware store people  ;D  Any pics yet?
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2010, 10:09:43 PM »
...Savannahsmoker has a picture of what I am talking about.

sav (and many others including me) use a rack from a "traditional" turkey fryer suspended from a steel rod (mine was the shipping rod from a new washing machine) as shown in the picture.  Since my paper towel holder is wood, it probably makes sense for me to do it that way.  Works exceptionally well and you can always hook or tie the turkey so it hangs from the rod (if it "settles" on the rack and expands in girth, getting too close to the sides).

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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 10:36:11 PM »
I don't know if the link will work or not, but this was my DIY chicken hanger for TBE.  The turkey would probably be a bit more difficult to fit in there (at 19 pounds).

http://s738.photobucket.com/albums/xx21/ArnieMauer/DIY%20Chicken%20Hanger/
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 11:15:30 PM »
Arnie - I never knew the "M" stood for "MacGyver."  Your ingenuity notwithstanding, that is one UGLY setup - but it appears to have worked perfectly so WHOGAS?

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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2010, 10:40:03 PM »
Sorry, My comp is not working well right now which is why I haven't been on here much. I can't upload my pics either. I'll get them on as soon as I can. It worked real slick and I will be doing some mods to it to make it better.
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2010, 09:43:39 AM »
Q, good to see you feeling well enough to start tossing some meat around.

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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2010, 06:44:32 PM »
Yeah it feels good too. Now I have to get a bunch of salmon out of the freezer and do up another batch. I am trying to find a grinder and stuffer cause My uncle gave me a pile of Buffalo, deer and Angus beef. Got to make some sausages.
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2010, 08:24:33 PM »
Yeah it feels good too. Now I have to get a bunch of salmon out of the freezer and do up another batch. I am trying to find a grinder and stuffer cause My uncle gave me a pile of Buffalo, deer and Angus beef. Got to make some sausages.

You can use mine Q. Just come on down anytime. I will even supply the refreshments while we you make your sausage.
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2010, 09:46:11 PM »
Well thanks Chris. I need a reason to not spend the 300 bucks, so I'll just buy a 800 dollar plane ticket and wing on down and use your gear. You're a real pal. :D :D :D At least I won't have all that equipment to trip over all the time. ;D ;D
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Re: 19.5 lb turkey-16 lb big easy?
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2010, 05:53:03 AM »
Well thanks Chris. I need a reason to not spend the 300 bucks, so I'll just buy a 800 dollar plane ticket and wing on down and use your gear. You're a real pal. :D :D :D At least I won't have all that equipment to trip over all the time. ;D ;D

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