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I have a Question about turkey smoking times????

post #1 of 5
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I have read the temp guidelines about the danger zone.

 

A fella at work claims that he smoked a turkey for 12 hours. I am wandering if this is possible?

 

So if you get the turkey thru the danger zone in the 4 hour time frame, can you smoke it on low heat for 6 to 8 hours longer?

 

post #2 of 5

Remember if you dont probe or inject the meat then it only needs to get to 140 on the outside 1/2" of meat within 4 hours. Its the Intact muscle rule found here. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/forum/thread/72852/food-safety-and-low-and-slow-discussion#post_267261  So I usually dont probe the meat until the 4th hour and its where it needs to be so were good.

post #3 of 5

Sure it's possible a 20 lb bird could go that long.

post #4 of 5

I suppose, but why?  I've never had a turkey take more than about 5 hours (nearly a 20 lb bird).  Nice smoke ring, great flavor, moist.  Anything more is probably beyond necessary and risks drying out the bird IMHO.

post #5 of 5

Sure you can smoke a turkey for 12 hours it's easy. Just leave the turkey in the smoker for 12 hours. Now eating it might be alittle hard. I think you should ask your buddy if he was goning to eat that turkey or was he gonna make some shoes out of it.

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