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What to do if turkeys are done too early....

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Hello All,

I am pretty new to smoking and am going to smoke 2, 11 lb birds tomorrow. I am a little nervous when it comes to the time they are done. So far it seems everything I have smoked took longer than what I was anticipating. I would rather be done a little early with the birds than be late. If it matters, one will be maple barbeque and one will be bacon butter, both spatchcocked and brined. I would like to have a crispy skin on these. Which leads me to my question:

Is there any way to keep the bird warm if one or both finish early and still maintain a crisp skin? Or am I overthinking this and turkey will not moisten the skin while resting like pork's bark gets soft when you foil it and store it for later?

post #2 of 4
What temp are you cooking them at? Since you say crispy skin I will assume 325+. Those birds should be done in 2 1/2-3 hours then rest 30-45 minutes.

If you finish early wrap in foil, wrap in towels and put them in a cooler. They will keep temps for 3-4 hours. The skin may absorb moisture, it will be bite through. If you feel the need put under broiler for a few minutes.
post #3 of 4
Welcome from SC. It's good to have you on this great site. Dirtsailor has you on the right track. Go for it.

Good luck and good smokin', Joe
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If it gets done early wrap it in foil and put in a cooler. It will stay warm for quite some time and it will allow the meat to rest.

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