So Thanksgiving at my place this yr. And I'm doing the turkey.
I planned on smoking it anyway / and combo finishing in the Oven on a higher temp if needed.
But this week our oven broke and the electronic part will take days to get in - so no oven.
My MES smoker has a max temp setting of 275.
So my challenge - is mainly cook times for max 275 degree MES 40" electric smoker ( it actually gets closer to 265 max)
How to smoke a 15 lb turkey and get it ready to be on the table at 1pm - with no oven with hungry people waiting. :)
I don't really want to smoke it for like 15+hrs on lower temps - I think it will be dry and chewy.
I will for sure brine it first. Not really looking for full recipe help - Just Time estimates for a max 265 temp smoke.
I'm thinking of spatchcocking it ( cut out back bone and lay it out flatter) .....but not sold on that idea yet - opinions on that and the cook times required ? I have internal temp gauge to make sure its done at proper internal temps.
But I smoked chickens this weekend - and had to smoke them an extra 1.5 hours more than expected. That would make for an interesting Thanksgiving. And it got really cold here this week (ok really cold for TX low 40's daytime) - maybe that is affecting my max temps a bit.
I estimate a whole turkey at 265 - around 8 hrs. And spatchock turkey at 265 around 4 hrs.
my loose plan so far - put whole bird on at midnight - and check it at 7 am ( 3 hrs left to cook it to 10am).
or Spatchcock and cook it at 6 am- 10 am.
Hope to rest bird about 1 hr. so need it done at 11am.
Back up plan - if bird not done by 10 am - take bird out and into a neighbors oven and finish on 350-375.
What do you guys think about cook times at 260 or 265 > ? < Thanks !