How large a turkey in a 30" MES?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by lovespicyfood, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. lovespicyfood

    lovespicyfood Fire Starter

    Looked at turkeys at Costco today for Xmas dinner and they were all over twenty pounds. How large a turkey can you smoke in a MES 30"? Doesn't seem like it can be very large unless you put it in vertically, but how would you do that?!

    Your advice is much appreciated as I plan for Xmas dinner!
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I don't have a MES 30 but I bet you could do a beer can turkey. I bought a can holder from Walmart for $3.50. Instead of using a 12 oz can use a 24 oz can..,

    You could also smoke halves or quarters as well.
  3. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    Can't you just measure the inside and see what fits?
  4. lovespicyfood

    lovespicyfood Fire Starter

    Measuring?  Why didn't I think of that!  :)

    I was just wondering of other's experiences...  I'm especially interested in if anyone has cooked them standing straight up.  

    Welshrarebit proposed something I was thinking about which I think is brilliant, but not sure will it work?!  I have done chickens this way, but would it allow me to do a big bird w/ a big can?!  Not sure...

    Would love to hear from other's experiences so I can learn from them...  I have one shot at this for Xmas dinner...
  5. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    The last few turkeys I smoked I had great success de-boning them. Start by cutting down the length of the bird either along the breastbone, or backbone and fillet out the back, ribcage, and breastbone. I left the thigh leg and wing bones on. After brining I just rolled it up skin side out and put in a netting bag or you could tie it up in cheescloth. It reduced a 14lb bird down to about 6-7" diameter and I was able to hang 3 side by side from the top rack of my MES-40. I used large stainless steel s-hooks to poke thru the top of the bag and hooked them under the top rack. I also made turkey stock from the bones and necks.

  6. parrot-head

    parrot-head Meat Mopper

    Might need a Foster's oil can for a turkey!

  7. nrdk

    nrdk Fire Starter

    Did a 17 pounder in my MES30 for Turkey Day this year, however I wouldn't go any larger than that. Ended up twining the legs together so they didn't hit the edges, and it took about 9 hours to cook.
  8. lovespicyfood

    lovespicyfood Fire Starter

    I cured and smoked a 14.25 pound turkey and it was a success!


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