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raised my own turkeys and they are huge

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wish me luck on smoking them one is 38.4lb the other 35.8lb. going to have to splatchcock them for sure.

 

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post #2 of 12

Pay attention to the danger zone time frames.  Basically, you want to keep the time the bird is between 40 and 140 to less than 4 hours.  the larger the bird the more difficult this is.  Good luck and I am sure these will be better than the ones bought in the store.

 

Richard

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Pay attention to the danger zone time frames.  Basically, you want to keep the time the bird is between 40 and 140 to less than 4 hours.  the larger the bird the more difficult this is.  Good luck and I am sure these will be better than the ones bought in the store.

 

Richard

I will probably will smoke them at 300-325 degrees.

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I will probably will smoke them at 300-325 degrees.

FYI, If you wet cure them using Pops curing recipe you will have longer time range to smoke them.......
post #5 of 12
I'm in...
post #6 of 12
At the temps you are smoking them at, and if you spatch you will be fine getting your temp above 140 in 4. Those are some big birds!
post #7 of 12

Jimmy, M R huge turkeys! Looks like someone plucked a pterodactyl! I would also try Pop's brine if you can find a bucket big enough.

post #8 of 12

Fine looking birds. I look forward to seeing the cook.

Happy smoken.

David

post #9 of 12
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just halved them and they are in the brine (salt and brown sugar). Only going to smoke one of them putting the other in the freezer for a later day.

post #10 of 12
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Well it's 3am christmas day and i just started the smoke. Smoker is 44" wide.

 

 

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Here a picture done at 8:30am. I should have taken a picture of the other half it looked better. They are wrapped in foil and are in the chest for lunch. oh, i smoked at 280 till. The last 30min i took the water pan out and took it up to 350.



 



 


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