Danger Zone and 20lb Turkey

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by batchuck451, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. batchuck451

    batchuck451 Newbie

    Good evening! I have smoked numerous turkeys with great results, but never one this big. I just saw posts on the danger zone (I had no idea), so I'm a bit worried. It would be easier for me to start the turkey in the oven than ending in the oven. Is this doable? I could cook it for a couple of hours in the oven, then move to the smoker. Thoughts?
  2. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    If you have the ability to smoke it at a higher temp. like 300-325, no need to worry about the danger zone. But to answer your question, start it in the smoker, finish in the oven. 
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  4. I did a 22# bird last year, I spatch cocked it first and smoked it at 275-285 and it was done in a little more than 3 hours.
  5. batchuck451

    batchuck451 Newbie

    Well, I put the bird on at 2am and it was done by 8:30. It's now in the garage (wrapped in towels) resting. I'll give it a little time, carve it, and then we can pop it in the oven close to when we plan to eat. I did the same thing last year and it worked out well. I'll post how it turned out. Thanks, everyone!

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