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first turkey smoke

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Well i got my new grill/smoker on friday night and was able to play around with it for a couple meals. I did some steaks friday night and a rib roast last night and today im gonna try my first turkey. I chose a 26lb, probably not the best idea for a beginner but its already started. Next time i think ill have to read some more posts before going to the store to buy random cuts of meat. Anyway my plan NOW is to cook it kinda fast 325-375 and try to stay out of the danger zone. A few hickory chunks now and then. It seems to hold pretty well at 325 for now. I shouldve experimented a little more with temp control probably before throwing a big bird on it but im impatient and its hard to waste a good fire. I didnt brine it either.
post #2 of 8
I smoke all my poultry at higher temps, 325-350. 26 pounds if pretty big. I would've spatched the bird before putting it on the smoker. Spatchcocking allows the bird to lay flat and cook evenly. At 325-350 your bed should be past the 140 in 4.
post #3 of 8

I am sort of in the same predicament

My wife got a 22Lb bird

It is defrosting in the fridge now

I am planing on putting it in Brine for 12-24hr

I was going to smoke it on the Vision Kamado but now I think I am going to use my Smoking It electric smoker

Never smoked a turkey before

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, i got mine frozen . 26lb for around $15 cant beat that. I was talking to a friend yesterday, he said he was spatchcocking his. To be honest ive never done that before, i need to look it up and practice. Good luck on your turkey @thetiler you would think these vets would get tired of teaching us rookies
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Here it is so far. Looks good. Havent taken the temp yet. Been struggling to keep the temp up. Intake is all the way open.
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Can I ask a question too?I can't figure out how to post new string. Can I boil a whole turkey before I smoke it? Trying to reduce cooking time on a 18.2 pound bird.
post #7 of 8

Looking good PlasterMaster! b

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Can I ask a question too?I can't figure out how to post new string. Can I boil a whole turkey before I smoke it? Trying to reduce cooking time on a 18.2 pound bird.

At the page where it shows all the threads near the top of them where it has the page numbers, to the left of that it says start a new thread and that's what you'll select. As for boiling a turkey I have no idea.

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