turkey smoke

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jimbo1, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. How long do you provide somke for a 12 pound turker that cooks for 5 1/2 to 6 hours?
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jim, evening.....  I smoke my turkeys for about 4 hours.... they usually take 10-12 hours at 225......   Dave
     
  3. Dave what temp are you smoking at? I going to do the first turkey for Thanks giving. Normal we do 20-25 pound and I did last year deep frying and that took over 5 hours...
     
  4. A bird that large is going to take quite a while to cook. Consider brining it as well - really helps keep the meat moist.

    I also spatchcock my birds to make cooking go a bit faster. I also smoke mine at a higher temp of 300-325° to insure I get the temp of the meat up and out of the danger zone. You want to cook/smoke to an internal meat temp rather than time though. 

    Here's a couple more threads

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/130794/thanksgiving-turkey-how-to-by-sqwib

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/the-temperature-danger-zone-and-smoking-turkeys-over-14-pounds

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/turkey-brining-and-smoking

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/130782/spatchcock-22-lb-turkey-on-uds

    This thread has info on cutting the joints for quicker cooking (post #11)
     
  5. I cooked a 23 # turkey last year at 325-350*F and I think it only took ~ 3 hrs. Will reducing temp to 225*F add 2 hrs? Wow!
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bama, morning.....  That's 4 hours of smoke and a total time of 10-12 hours....  That does read a little confusing....   I didn't write it down right...

    Dave
     
  7. Cool, cool, cool ...that's even longer! Double Wow!
     

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