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smoking a turkey for the first time

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I am going to smoke a turkey as a trial run for thanksgiving. I have a 14 lbs turkey, can i half the bird to cut down on the smoke time.
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Hello.  The quick answer is yes you can.  It will not cut the time in half but the turkey will cook faster.  Have a read of the link below.  It's from my buddy gary s and he is talking about brisket but the concept is the same.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/166136/how-long-to-cook-a-brisket-or-the-misconception-of-the-1-to-1-5-hour-rule

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What is your plan? what kind of smoker? Temps? Prep for the bird?

As Danny said, cutting it will reduce the time, but we don't cook by time, do we? :police2:

 

For me, especially for the Thanksgiving bird, I like to keep it whole for the sake of presentation. It just isn't Thanksgiving without that beautiful mahogany brown bird. At 300˚-325˚ a 14 pounder should take you about 4 hours to get to 165˚ internal temp. If it's cut in half, plan on 3 hours but keep a close eye on the temperature.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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I just got done building my first uds so i will be using that,for temp i like to smoke a 225-250, for perp inject and rub.
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