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18 pound turkey

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have a MES 40" smoker and am planning on smoking a 18.5 pound turkey for Thanksgiving. I am planning on brine it for 24 hours and smoke it at 275. Any ideas on cook time? Also, I am starting to read a lot about spatchcocked turkey and am wondering if that is the way to go. I have smoked a lot of turkeys, but never one that big. Any ideas or suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 12

I don't think a MES 40 will hold a 18.5 LB spatched turkey. You would split it to cut down on the cooking time.

Happy smoken.

David

post #3 of 12

It will take appox. 30min./lb. , spatched it will be easier(and will cook as if it were 2 - 9lb. birds). Remember , 165*F in the Breast...use your therm. , not the time.

post #4 of 12
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I was thinking that also. Since I have never done a spatched turkey, I decided to get a 10.5 pound one and I am going try it on Tuesday. I will post how it went. Thanks for the response.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the approximation of time. This could be interesting, but its worth the chance.

post #6 of 12
Yep spatched goes a bunch faster, and cooks the bird evenly. Spatch the bird and then brine. Remember to air dry the bird 8-12 hours prior to smoking. It will help to crisp the skin. If you're in a time crunch use a hair dryer in low right before putting the bird in the smoker, works great.
post #7 of 12
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Thanks for all the advice.. About to throw a 10.5 lb bird on now for a trial run. I appreciate all the advice.

post #8 of 12

and do not forget to rinse the brine off. Been there done that. 

post #9 of 12
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and do not forget to rinse the brine off. Been there done that.

 

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post #10 of 12
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I appreciate all the suggestions. Came out fantastic. Smoked it to 165, let it rest 30 minutes, and it was the most moist turkey I have ever smoked.

post #11 of 12

It looks FANTASTIC! Now that you have that under your belt their is no holding you back.

Happy smoken.

David

post #12 of 12

Tasty looking bird! Nice Smoke!

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