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Old 10-12-2009, 04:48 AM
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Okay,, the Turkey was actually 13 lbs... Just wanted to add that for time reference

13 lbs.
1 hour 35 Mins..
I know thats only 7.5 mins per pound,, But it was cooked all the way thru and checked with a meat thermometer
700 (f) degrees going in
550 (f) coming out
Put it in with foil on and took the foil off for the last 10 min...
Cheers
Mark

P.S. Didnt stuff the turkey,, cooked stuffing balls in the WFO and Some ugly giant mushrooms as well,, (i never ate a mushroom) but everyone else seemed to like them

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Old 10-31-2009, 06:24 AM
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Okay,,, 26 days till thanksgiving, Is everybody ready, After my first succes I think Im going for a turkey in the 20lb. range... (im feeling brave)

I was also thinking of putting in a small suckling pig, Im pretty sure I have enough room for both, will stop by the butcher this morning and try to get an idea of size.

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Mark
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:28 AM
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Ready? Yes, what time do you want us?

omd. suckling pig. hello porchetta, I love you. sadly that is one dead animal I'm not sure I could be the boss of. but eating it, yessir. no problem there. If you buy a whole one and have the butcher bone and tie it, does it still look like a pig, like with ears and a snout and stuff?

Since I have not practiced, I'm torn between getting a supermarket turkey or the pastured, happy-life kind I'd prefer (at three times the price). I'd hate to wreck any big piece of meat, but it hurts less when it's a $20 piece not an $80 piece.
I do like the idea of a back-up meat and it's much harder to ruin pork...
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:36 PM
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If you buy a whole one and have the butcher bone and tie it, does it still look like a pig, like with ears and a snout and stuff?
IM just gonna get the whole baby pig, cook it bones and all, we used to do it on the rotiserrie that way, I may butterfly it... You could always let boy cook the pig too!!
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supermarket turkey or the pastured
get the pastured,, you wont ruin it,we have all seen your cooking capabilities, keep the faith and you can be sure I will post pics when I get to the pig..

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Old 10-31-2009, 05:22 PM
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You could always let boy cook the pig too!!
bwwaaaahhhaa! I just told Boy you said Boy should cook the pig. He was like "yea, that'd be awesome. Are they sending one?"
meaning a Boy, not a pig
Boy, THE Boy, does not cook. Like at all. Unless two entrees in 11 years and the occasional kickbutt batch of old skool pan-popped popcorn counts. It came a as quite a shock when we met and I discovered that there were moms who were not good cooks.
He comes from a culture of people who treat cooking as punishment and a mother who is a downright horrible cook. I never knew such families existed until I met him.
Actually, he made an awesome batch of roasted pumpkin seeds while I was out for a run just now, so I guess he has his moments. They're just reeeaally far apart.

I cannot WAIT to see the results of a suckling pig adventure, and you've seriously got me thinking...
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:33 PM
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Are they sending one?"
meaning a Boy, not a pig
Tooo Funnnny !!!

I will keep you posted on the pig idea... If you get any ideas, let me know..

Thanks
Mark

P.S. Does boy know he is boy ?
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:02 PM
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hey splat,
I talked to a butcher last night, He said best bet is to buy the pig and have them quarter it... He said also you dont have to take the head if you dont want it, But added many people (uckkkkkk) like to eat the cheeks and ears... (yes he was serious) I still think Im gonna go butterflied, sans head...
Let me know what you think

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Old 11-01-2009, 08:38 PM
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I'm kind of an authentic experience kind of girl, so I guess if I were going to go to the trouble of sourcing and cooking a little piggy, I'd decide to suck it up and go for the whole deal. Go big or go home, right? OTOH, when you're doing a big turkey, too, that's a lot of meat.

I've heard the cheeks are the best part, and ear...crispy, fatty, chewy? Yum.
Mostly it's the way I would imagine it looks before it's cooked that skeeves me out. Once it's brown and crispy and smells yummy, hand me a fork.

a quarter of a piglet does not seem like much...did he give you and idea of the weight?
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:28 PM
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a quarter of a piglet does not seem like much...did he give you and idea of the weight?
I meant " he said I should cook it in quarters rather than butterfly it and cook it..,,,,

are you really telling me you would eat a pigs cheek ??

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Old 11-01-2009, 09:53 PM
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pigs cheek, OH YES, and prolly ear, too. Like I said, my issue is with the uncooked dead animal, not the eating of it. Besides, I've eaten WAY weirder stuff than that. Don't you ever order the weird stuff like chicken feet or tripe at dim sum?
I'd def. go for the whole deal...piglet pata (or con casco?)
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