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Old 11-25-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
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How many pounds of bacon for a 12 pound turkey?

Have any of you come up with a formula for how much bacon to use to wrap a turkey? Should I just put a bunch of strips on it? cover the whole thing? put some in the cavity? use some in the cavity and not use any aromatics (eject the orange and lemon). Does using bacon mean I should squash my plans of using any glaze on it? I don't know if bacon would have a negative reaction with some of the typical stuff you'd use.

One thing I noticed is this bacon has more of an apple smoke smell when raw than it does after its cooked.

So, I'm planning on putting the turkey on my Weber OTS for a few hours at 350 or whatever with a few chunks of Apple like last year. But the bacon is the unknown variable this year. I don't know if it will contribute much smoke, block much smoke, add to the crispy turkey skin, not contribute. I plan on rubbing the turkey down with some olive oil before adding the bacon.

I lifted two pounds out to be safe, but not sure if that's enough.

Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:10 PM   #2
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Eric, I hate to be a stick in the mud..........but don't waste the bacon or ruin the turkey by wrapping it in bacon........have the bacon for breakfast and the turkey for dinner!
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Fry the bacon and keep the drippings. Then soak cheese cloth in the drippings and then wrap the turkey and smoke away..or just inject the dripping into the turkey.....
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:13 PM   #4
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I've never wrapped a turkey in bacon.

I've soaked cheesecloth in butter and laid that over the top of the bird to prevent over-browning during the cook and then remove it toward the end to get a nice even browning; but never bacon.
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You might get a better idea from the turbaconducken...

http://bacontoday.com/turbaconducken...pped-in-bacon/
Thanks Pickled Pig. Never heard of turbacon, but I can't guess that would be any worst than Oreobacon. I'll skip on an omlette idea that just hit me. I don't think Amy would go for a turbaconandeggs, unless I put some avocado in it.

Once again, thanks for all your suggestions. I'll let you know how it goes. Plan on brining/thawing out Wednesday night and putting it on the Weber around Noon Thursday.
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