Turkey issues - Confused

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by planethill, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Hey All,

    Doing my first bird using Tips Slaughterhouse recipes. I think this bird is cooking way too fast. Everyone says you need to get through the 40-140 in under 4 hours...I cruised through it in two! Now this is a small turkey...a hair under 10 pounds. It's only been 2:12 and it's already at 145.

    I started at 9am, thinking it would take 6-6.5 hours so the wife is planning everything else to finish around 3-4pm. I don't want the bird finishing at 1pm! Should I go low & slow for a while? Or is this how Turkeys cook?

    I guess it is possible my meat probe isn't in a good spot and is reading hot as well...

    Advice? [​IMG]
  2. brennan

    brennan Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Woops! I did the same thing last year. A bird under 10lbs is going to cook in about 2.5-3.5 hours on the smoke. This is a pleasant discovery to make after you woke up at 5 in the morning to eat at 1 PM.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    What temp is the smoker running?
  4. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Try readjustin the temp probe.

    If ya get the same readin, I'd turn the heat down some seeins yer through the danger zone, just don't go to far because then ya may not finish on time. If yer with in an hour a yer expected finish time ya could foil an wrap in towels an cooler it.
  5. Thanks for the quick replies y'all.

    I was running at 300-325 per Tips recipe. I have since backed her down to 225. There is no danger of finishing late at this point! I need to stretch this baby out as long as possible.

    Will try re-poking the probe too.

    You guys are great!
  6. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That should work [​IMG]
  7. This is at 2 hours 45 minutes. It sure does LOOK good!

  8. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great...hope everything turns out good
  9. More Q-View!

    Well, I left it at 225 until the last hour. Cranked it back to 300 and finished at 170 exactly at 3pm! Now she rests...waiting with baited breath!

  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great...[​IMG]

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