Originally Posted by cuzco
Hi guys and gals,
I have been smoking meats and birds for several years now but having seen many pictures here I have a question about keeping the skin brown vs the pretty black skin I end up with. I use a brinkman wood smoker. Turkey always tastes great but the skin is much darker than the birds I have seen here.
Any suggestions would be great!
Howdy Cuzco. Some woods such as cherry wood will turn the skin a darker color. In my opinion the skin color is a matter of preference.
Different woods aside, You may giving the bird too much smoke. Remember to build your fire and let it settle down to coals getting your smoker up to temp ( say 225 - 250) before you put the bird on the grate. Gradually Add enough wood while your cooking to get a thin smoke out of your smoker. If it bellowing out then your smoking too heavy.