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Pop up thermometers in turkeys, leave in ???

post #1 of 14
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I smoke several turkeys a year and normally do the 12-15lb birds however doing one for my Wife's Boss and he has 4 kids so I thought I picked up an 18+lb bird

Never have done one this size but I ALWAYS preheat my smoker to 275 for few hours BEFORE putting the bird in

Also for some reason I have always removed those pop up thermometers the turkeys come with from the store. Not sure why but I do

Was thinking about leaving it in to make sure it is done but I do not over cook it and dry it out

I do not brine my bird but inject and rub them down
post #2 of 14

Those pop up thermometers are set to pop at 180.  Turkey is done at 165 so it is over cooked already when it pops.  I always take them out and just use my thermapen to keep the IT checked and remove at 165.  Turkeys always moist and perfectly done.

post #3 of 14

I took delivery of my turkey yesterday and found one in the box. It was the first time I have seen one! I will pop it in tomorrow to see how good it is. I don't think it will replace my Maverics yet though :biggrin:

post #4 of 14
I chunk them as soon as I open the bag.
post #5 of 14

If they help introduce people to start cooking by temperature rather than time-in-the oven I think they should be a good idea. One problem I see though is that mine came with no instructions as to where in the turkey it should be pushed. If inserted in the wrong place then it could result in an under cooked bird. I expect that is why they are set to spring at 180 F (82 C) to give a greater margin of safety.

 

Although the birds are safe to eat at 165 F, personally I like to take mine up to ~170-175 F (76-80 C). It is still very moist and I think has a better eating texture.

post #6 of 14

I trash them.

Happy smoken.

David

post #7 of 14

I leave them in so I don't have a hole for juice to drip out from but pay no attention to it as far as far as finished temp

post #8 of 14

I just buy turkeys without them.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Wade View Post

If they help introduce people to start cooking by temperature rather than time-in-the oven I think they should be a good idea. One problem I see though is that mine came with no instructions as to where in the turkey it should be pushed. If inserted in the wrong place then it could result in an under cooked bird. I expect that is why they are set to spring at 180 F (82 C) to give a greater margin of safety.

Although the birds are safe to eat at 165 F, personally I like to take mine up to ~170-175 F (76-80 C). It is still very moist and I think has a better eating texture.

Turkeys in the US seem to ALL come with them already inserted
post #10 of 14

It won't hurt anything as long as you don't rely on it. If it pops up you know you cooked the breast too long.

post #11 of 14

I also always leave them in, to keep the juices in. Those pop ups are SOOOOOOOO unreliable I would never trust 1. Case in point I have had them pop well before the 165 I pull my turkeys at. I place my maverick 732 probe in the turkeys after 4 hours in the smoker, I have seen the pop up out at that time, with the maverick reading in the 140 range.

post #12 of 14

I bought a choice standing rib roast for Thanksgiving and found one of those things in there.

 

They are plastic, so they go in the recycle bin.

 

Good luck and good smoking.

post #13 of 14

You can leave it in just to see when it pops, But keep tabs on your birds temp using a thermometer .  The two 20 pounder's I did for Thanksgiving I pulled and tossed them both.

 

Gary

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by gary s View Post
 

You can leave it in just to see when it pops, But keep tabs on your birds temp using a thermometer .  The two 20 pounder's I did for Thanksgiving I pulled and tossed them both.

 

Gary


How long and what temp did you do the 20lbers for, got mine on now and put it on a hot smoke--came by my house at lunch and turned smoker on 275----

 

Had bird in brine since yesterday and came home and injected/rubbed and put on smoker around 4pm

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