Originally Posted by jiju1943
This year we plan to smoke just the turkey breast and 10 or 12 turkey legs. When smoking a whole turkey, I can understand the amount of time that should be planned to smoke. But when smoking a breast and a bunch of legs, do I add all the weight up. For example, 8 pound breast and 10 pounds of legs, do I plan for the same as a 18 pound turkey? Or do I plan for just the breast and just check the temps of all parts.
The reason I am asking is I want to make sure I have plenty of time to do the smoking before the Thanksgiving meal.
One more question, how do I handle the turkey after smoking to keep the skin from wrinkling?
I normally wrap the turkey in foil after it is done, then wrap in a clean towel and place in a clean cooler for two or three hours.
jiju1943 , hello and Happy Holidays.
Parts are different from a whole , and time is not a factor. You should have a good 'Probe Therm.' , and take the Breast up to 165*F deep in the Meat without touching the bone. The Thighs and Legs go to 170*F. If you don't have a 'probe' , check out Bass Pro , Cabella's , or even Wally World . Temp. is a must to save getting sick.
Now, even if you have top of the line therms. , check the Calibration to make sure...
Yes , you can wrap the Turkey . But the skin will winkle unless you cook at higher temps. and basting as it goes . All this is
time consuming and if you're Smoking pieces don't loo for very pretty . May be possible but I have never done a pic
perfect , but I'm looking to flavor. I usually toss the skin or use it in soup...
Happy Holidays and as usual . . .