Two Turkeys brined and waiting for smoke.

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by mgk68, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. mgk68

    mgk68 Newbie

    [ATTACHMENT=1715]20141107_161217.jpg (1,609k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]I have two turkeys each at 10.75# in the brine as we speak. Looking for some tips please to smoke these wonderful birds.One is in Jeff ' s buttermilk brine. And the other is in his cranberry brine. Doing this overnight. What kind of smoke time am I looking at? Also what can you guys tell me to do and not to do? Going to smoke them tomorrow. Please advise. I am doing this on a MES 40. Smoker.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2014
  2. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it. Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with their opinion on the subject.

    Smoke time is dependent on chamber temp. Poultry should alwas be cooked to an internal temp of a least 165 deg.F

    Always remember the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!!
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  3. smokeburns

    smokeburns Smoke Blower

    I'm in love with the slaughter house brine. In fact I'll be using that brine for my smoked turkey this month for thanksgiving. I will be spatchcocking the turkey. Smoking it at a high temperature of 300 / 325. Then plan on doing a reverse sear once its done so the skin isn't so soft and chewy. If comes out anything like the whole chickens I smoke with this recepi then this is going to be amazing! I have never tried out the brines your using. I will anxiously watching to see how it turns out!
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Make sure and air dry the skin. This can be done by placing the birds in the fridge uncovered for 6-8 hours. Or hit with a hair dryer right before placing in the smoker. I'd run your MES as hot as you can to help crisp the skin. You want to cook the birds to an minimum IT of 165 in the breast or the thigh. Running the smoker at 250 that would take around 30 minutes per pound, or about 5 hours for a ten pound bird. That's just a guide for time. Might take longer or less to reach the 165. Once you hit 165 pull the bird out, wrap in foil and let rest for 45min- 1hour before carving. If your skin isn't crisping ( very likely in a MES) pull the bird at 155 and finish in the oven at a higher temp, 400+.
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  6. mgk68

    mgk68 Newbie

    Thank you dirtsailor2003 I already had them on the smoker, but I pushed the temperature up to 250. Thanks for the input will let you know how it turns out. Will add pictures too. Thanks
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  8. mgk68

    mgk68 Newbie

    Thank you old school! Birds are in the smoke now for about 3 hours. After only 3 hours digital meat thermometer is reading at 145. I am concerned because it is very very windy today. I adjusted temp on Mes to 210 to compensate . Any suggestions would be very welcome. Good to hear from you. And WOW you are a veteran smoker with the arsenal you have! Looking forward to learning from you! Thanks Mike
  9. mgk68

    mgk68 Newbie

    I am concerned because after only 3 hours my digital thermometer is at 145. Is my temp to high? I turned my Mes down to 210 from 240. Please advise. Thanks
  10. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Welcome to the Smoking forum. You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have. Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right. LOL. Don’t forget to post qviews.

  11. smokeburns

    smokeburns Smoke Blower

    So how did it turn out after everything was said and done with?
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