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Old 11-09-2010, 05:33 AM   #1
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Default Yea !, Trash Can Turkey is a Success !

Ok, you all know that I had posted about the "Trash Can Turkey", but had yet to try it.

Well,... Tonight I did a Practice run with a 12 lb. bird, ahead of Thanksgiving, to see how well it worked, and to possibly adjust for a couple of variables.
I am happy to report, that this will be a VERY cool thing to do while out camping with a group of you all, as well as alot of fun too.
Next trip that I can make with you guys,... Dinner is on Me !!!


Here's a pic of the results for my first attempt,...
and I'm happy to report that it is DELICIOUS !!!



note,
That the bird was cooked with the neck down, feet up, and what appears to be a burnt area, in the upper-center part of the bird,... is actually the exposed outer layer of the Stuffing,. the bird is not burned, and the stuffing only has a very thin layer that is cooked dry/crunchy. (It kind of acts like a moisture cap, while cooking), so it's a Good thing !


Now, I had researched it to some degree, before making my first attempt, by looking up the many youtube videos already available.
But I, (in my usual fashion), had to add a few twists to it. (I just can't ever seem to leave "well enough" alone, on ANYTHING I try, lol !)

I did a full video progression from start to finish, that I will share here,
but first let me explain where my differences were.

If you check out youtube for "Trash Can Turkey," you get many examples of how to do this.
Many of the already posted vids, show all the basics, including cooking times relative to bird size.
All those vids are a basic explanation of how to cook ONLY the Turkey, in a Trash Can.
That's all well and good,... except I had, (unintentionally), bought a Butterball Turkey that came "Pre-stuffed".

SOooo,... I figured that some adjustments to the cooking times were going to be necessary, and I was right.

On a UN-STUFFED bird,... the recommended cooking times are as follows,

Cooking Times:
10 lbs 50 mins
12 lbs 1hr
14 lbs 1hr 25mins
16 lbs 1hr 40mins
18 lbs 2hrs 5 mins
20 lbs 2hrs 15mins
22 lbs 2hrs 25 mins

But,... Being that my 12 lb. bird was STUFFED,...
I found that I had to cook it more accordingly to the 16-18 lb. recommendations.
I attribute the increased cooking time to 3 factors.
First,
the fact that my bird was Stuffed. therefore, the increased mass and density, that needs to reach the minimun required 165 degrees.

Second,
The fact that the bird is Stuffed,... means that there is no "convection" action going on INSIDE of the cavity inside the bird.

and Third,
I had used three 12" x 12" paver bricks, to raise the bird up closer to the top of the trash can. I'm assuming that the presence of the pavers, robbed a little of the heat away from the interior of the trash can while cooking.

Below, is a video record of my first attempt, at doing a STUFFED Trash Can Turkey.
I hope that you enjoy, and...
Bon Apetit !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ODqNmoHUU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijjR1x2rkiU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LibMMDfIrlg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdjFBVVvQCc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Besrrn7Z9Lo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R_wfYOC_8o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oN-whJtek4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbEJRpJkpA4



Give it a try, and tell me what you think, what you would change, how you would do it differently, or just what you think would make it better!
i'm very satisfied with the results for this being my first attempt, and will certainly be doing this for some upcoming camping trips !
I hope you enjoy,
Ron
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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nice Ron. To bad I dont like turkey because that sounds cool.

But Ill try anything once
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
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Nice write up but you didn't really day how it came out. How is it compared to deep frying one? Is it closer to cooking it in an oven? Somewhere in between? Details man.
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Nice write up but you didn't really day how it came out. How is it compared to deep frying one? Is it closer to cooking it in an oven? Somewhere in between? Details man.
Alright, I guess I did leave that out, so here ya go,
It cooks much faster than in an oven, and not quite as fast as deep frying. (But still pretty darn quick)
Moisture retention was VERY close to, (if not even the same), as a deep fried bird.

When I was sticking the temp probe into the breast meat, ...
(usually the place the gets that gets the driest, when cooked in an oven),
the juices were actually squirting out as the temp probe went in.
so in my book, that's plenty juicy enough.

Also worthy of noting here, is that when the bird was finished cooking, and I had lifted the can, there was VERY LITTLE juice on the foil, below the bird,.
As well, there was very little evidence of juices dripping and drying/cooking away.

Basically, it stays just as juicy as a fried bird, with a slightly longer cooking time...

You are not spending $50+ dollars in peanut oil just to use one time and throw away...

It cooks WAaaayy faster than doing it in an oven, that you now do not have to clean, and is much juicer than if you HAD done it in an oven...

It's just WAaaayy too easy to do, whice means it will be a nice addition to any campsite, and make for some fun Potluck dinners with friends...

It's fun to do, with minimal cost or effort involved ...

AND,... it gives us just another reason, to hang around, drinking a beer, throwing some horseshoes, scratching our butts, and Playing with FIRE !!!
(sorry ladies,.. I guess it's a "Guy" thing, LOL !)

Oh Yeah,.... one last thing,.... it Tastes Damn Good Too !
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Looks good, but I think I will stick to my Big EZ..... since I have one..

I have heard of doing this before, and seem to recall hearing some negative effects of super heating galvanized metal... did you read anything about this when doing your reasearch?
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I have heard of doing this before, and seem to recall hearing some negative effects of super heating galvanized metal... did you read anything about this when doing your reasearch?
Yes I did, and that is correct.
Before cooking the turkey, you first need to remove the galvanized coating.
I.E., pre-prepare the trash can.

this is fairly easily done simply by burning some wood in the trashcan, and getting a good layer of coals in the bottom, then continue to add wood as needed.
As the galvanizied coating burns away, it is very evident. and it does burn away completely.

I had originally tried to put too much newspaper in the bottom of the can to get the wood (2x4's) going, and quickly came to realize that the paper was not burning, due to no oxygen could get that deep into the trash can, with the fire already burning.

NASA,.... uhhh, we have a problem,...

So, following in my typical fashion, I decided to step it up a notch,
(well, actually about 6 notches, lol),
and made damn sure I was going to remove every last bit of galvanic coating.

I pulled out the Tripod for my dutch oven, and hung the trash can from the chain.
Then I grabbed a 3" diameter steel pipe, and stuck it all the way to the bottom of the can,.... under the alread existing coals, and unburned paper.
next I pulled out an old blower motor from the kids old Bouncy house, and aimed it right at the end of the pipe.

I turned that trash can into a freakin' Glassblowers Furnace !
And Yes,.. every last bit of that galvanic coating was 100% GONE very quickly. LOL!
(give me a few beers, and sometimes I can get a little out of hand when it comes to playing with fire !),
I guess it's a "Guy thing". (Or at least, that's my Story,.... and I'm stickin' to it ! LOL!)

Here's some pics of the "Can Prep",...

New can,...




first I tried using the burner from my deep fryer, but that didn't get it hot enough,...




So then, is when I did the firewood thing,...
but I had put too much paper, and cardboard in the bottom, so it would not burn down at the bottom.
This resulted in only the top section of the galvanizing getting burned away,...





So, not to be outdone by a damn trash can,
(and 3 or 4 beers into the process),
I broke out the tripod, and steel pipe, to feed some air into the deeper coals...



This was doing O.K.,....
but it was getting late, and I was getting low on beer.
so we needed to kick it up a few more notches.
I broke out an extension cord, and a big ass blower.
This kicked the fire into "High Gear" LOL!,....




NOW WE'RE TALKIN',....YEAH BABY !,... She's 'a goin' full blaze NOW !!!
This combo immediately went to full throttle, and did the job quite nicely !

Every last bit of galvanizing went bye-bye in a matter of minutes !
To be honest, I had to back the blower off so as not to MELT the whole damn can !!!
and Besides,
I had to do SOMETHING quickly,
I was down to my last cold BEER !

(A Man's got to do,... What a Man's got to do !!!),...

Check it out,... I'm QUITE sure, all is safe for cooking now,...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MPN9ELoIlU


now I need to make another Beer run, gotta go,...
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well Ron, you bring a new meaning to the old saying

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Yes but the guy manning the extinguisher is too for away to do any good.
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