turkey smoking?

Discussion in '5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse' started by nudib, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. nudib

    nudib Newbie

    I have a 17.5 lb turkey i`m going to smoke,anyone have an idea how long it will take at 275-300 degrees? thanks nudib
     
  2. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES
    (325 °F oven temperature)

    UNSTUFFED
    (time in hours)
    • 4 to 6 lb breast …… 1 1/2 to 2 1/4
    • 6 to 8 lb breast …… 2 1/4 to 3 1/4
    • 8 to 12 lbs ………… 2 3/4 to 3
    • 12 to 14 lbs ………… 3 to 3 3/4
    • 14 to 18 lbs ………… 3 3/4 to 4 1/4
    • 18 to 20 lbs ………… 4 1/4 to 4 1/2
    • 20 to 24 lbs ………… 4 1/2 to 5
    STUFFED (time in hours)
    • 8 to 12 lbs …… 3 to 3 1/2
    • 12 to 14 lbs …… 3 1/2 to 4
    • 14 to 18 lbs …… 4 to 4 1/4
    • 18 to 20 lbs …… 4 1/4 to 4 3/4
    • 20 to 24 lbs …… 4 3/4 to 5 1/4
    Dave
     
  3. I think the safest recommended for smoking is around 12lbs but could be wrong.

    You may be safer halving it and smoking them like two 9lb'ers.
     
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A bird of that size should be spatchcock (cut and layed flat) then you can smoke it at about 275 for about 30 minutes a pound and you should be fine. I have never smoked a bird that way so if I'm wrong. I'm sorry but there should be someone come thue soon enough to gve you the right times
     
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I'm smoking a 20#er and put it on at 5:00 was at 37* just took a reading now at 6:30 at 94*. Im using a UDS with Kingsford charcoal, dont use that cheap stuff, it dont work well.
     

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