I'm planning on smoking a turkey for the holidays. I have done that before, and it turned out good on the tenderness and flavor, but still had a very "gamy" flavor. I typically use either hickory or fruit wood (fruit has milder smokiness), lump charcoal, for about 8 hours at 200°F and finish it on high heat in the oven.

I use a salt brine overnight the day before, and typically don't apply much seasoning, mostly just a honey glaze. While cooking I occasionally sprinkle it with Sprite or Seven-Up soda to keep it moist.

Do you have any advice on how to make the meat flavor milder or closer to chicken?

  • If you prefer the taste of chicken, why not smoke a big chicken?
    – Preston
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 6:27
  • lol. Fair, but you know that thing about traditions ;-)
    – Phrancis
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 6:31
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    Absolutely. I was just curious. Also, it's never to late to start new traditions!
    – Preston
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 6:32
  • I've smoked chicken before too, very yummy. Maybe I should try to change the tradition!
    – Phrancis
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 6:34
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    Just use a chicken and tell everyone it's turkey. Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 9:20

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I've never thought of turkey as gamey at all, but that's just my own taste I guess. It sounds to me you want a milder bird, in which case you want to buy a cheap battery bird. Gameyness comes from exercise and diet, the blander diet and less exercise the milder (read blander) bird you get. Don't go free-range, get store-brand.

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