Thanks for taking a moment to read my thread.
I am looking for some help on my first turkey smoke in my MES 30. I have relied on you guys in the past for brisket and other meats and have had great success. However, I seem to always get nervous when I am hosting family/friends and haven't smoked a particular type of meat. I was going to get a 16lb turkey for about 7 people for thanksgiving. I was thinking that was enough for leftovers which goes over well in my family.
Wondering though, what would be some tricks and tips for rocking this smoke? From my research on here, it seems that I need to max the smoker out at 275 and expect to take about 7ish hours. I don't really care about time, but will be shooting for 165 breast and 175 thigh. I also plan to brine and throw on a light rub, use apple chips, and not sure what to do in the water pan. I have used apple juice before, but am reading that maybe I just foil and don't use any water/apple juice for a turkey?!?
My main concern is the size of the turkey in the MES 30 for one and if it will even fit, and my other concern is maxing at 275 and getting past 140 in 4hrs. Let me know your thoughts!! Thanks.