so last year i smoked a turkey, and have now been recruited to smoke the T every year. I will do a Qview through out the process. right now and I have the lump charcoal in the chimeny. my first delimma. I have an 18lb. Turkey. (i have done all the research) but i still do not know if i'm going to smoke it whole or spatchcock it. guess i better hurry and decide. I think my decision will come down to if I can get the smoker to 300+ and keep it there. -any last minute advice would be accepted. i have never spatchcocked before, and don't even know if I have the utensils to do it. HA. So to start, i have been brining the Turkey for the last 24hrs. just a simple bring. Kosher Salt, some Oranges, some celery, and some tyme. Using Lump Charcoal. Hickory wood for smoke. I found an applewood rub i'm going to use. and i'm going to lay a layer of apple smoked bacon on the top.