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Smoking Turkey

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I am planning on smoking a 10-12LB Turkey cut in half this weekend. Does anyone have some hints or tips and recipes?


Thanks Jake
post #2 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

Well I like to inject my turkeys before I rub them down and place them in the smoker. The way I do it is I make an injection, using brown sugar, butter, Cajun seasoning, old bay, garlic and onion powder and whatever else catches my eye in the spice rack. I then inject the turkey with the mix. When I inject the bird, I place my finger over the hole when I pull the needle out and rub it for a few seconds; I think it helps close the hole. After I am done injecting the bird, I rub it down with a light coat of yellow mustard, and then apply a good dry rub. Use brown sugar in your dry rub, this will seal in the juices once the rub caramelizes up. If you can find a beer can turkey stand, that works great. Plug the neck hole with a potato or lemon. Smoke the bird till the temp hits 165 degrees then remove the bird and wrap in foil and let it sit for 30 minutes. You won't be disappointed.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
That sound good thanks bigdaddyviking67.
post #4 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

smoking jake
hey if you got the time try shakes honey brine the recipe is in the poultry section i did a couple of chickens in this brine they turned out execlent i also injected them with the same brine solution you wont be disapointed
salmonclubber
post #5 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

I've tried Shake's brine and like it alot! The only thing I would specifically recommend for turkeys is to cook them at hotter than normal Q temps... My preference for all poultry is to smoke/cook at at least 275° - 300° until you get the internal temps you want... It will pick up plenty of smoke and the skin will fair better...

James.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks salmonclubber and everybody the brine does look like it is something I will try on this Turkey. I have noticed that when I smoke poutry the skin is kind of tough but the meat is very tender. So have 1 more question is it better I cut the Turkey in half or leave it whole?
post #7 of 18
I usually cook mine whole, but I jack the temp up even further. I cook mine at 350* on a beer can turkey stand. To me you just don't get much beer flavor unless you get the heat up and the beer steaming good.
post #8 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

smoking jake

i cant remember i think you are using a ecb if you are it would be better if you cut the turkey in half or even quarter it whole turkeys take time to cook on a ecb and they cook better in pieces on the ecb hope this helps
salmonclubber
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
What is a ecb? I have a small cylinder type of smoker with the fir box seperate from the cooking part. I loike to cut my chickens in half and they always turn out good so I'll probably do the same with the Turkey. Then the beer can method at a later date.

Thanks all Jake
post #10 of 18
ECB stands for "El Chepo Brinkman", it's their small bullet type smoker. You'll be fine with cutting it in half or quartering it as salmonclubber suggested. I hope it turns out well for you.
post #11 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

ECB = El Cheapo Brinkmann smoker, referring to the bullet type upright smoker that has no ventilation control and a temperature gauge that reads WARM, IDEAL, HOT, instead of degrees.

I cook chickens whole, spatchcocked, halved, or parts.

I cook turkey legs, breasts, or whole. I've never tried cutting a turkey in half or spatchcocking one.
post #12 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

Jake, I very rarely cook turkey whole anymore. Rather than cutting that results in left and right halves, I remove the leg quarters and wings, then cut along the ribs with shears to free the breast. I smoke the breast and leg quarters and save the wings and back for the stock pot.

By separating the light and dark meat, you can remove each as they get done (breast 170, dark meat 180). I'm not a fan of the dark meat so I really try to avoid overcooking the breast to get the dark meat to 180.

Even though most commercially prepared turkeys are enhanced at the packers, a brine or injection with some flavor to it is a good idea.

Personally I like to inject the breast with barely melted butter (NOT margarine). The idea is to inject the semi-solid butter into the cold breast where it will resolidify until the bird begins to cook and needs a little basting. You can add flavors to the butter, but I enjoy the taste of good white meat with just smoke on it.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Mine looks like Scott in KC but smaller about 6 feet total length. so what do they call that type?

Thanks
Jake
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
And no gas part or extra burner
post #15 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

Jake, your type of smoker is called a horizontal offset.

BTW-My horz offset has no gas in the cook chamber, it is set up to run a "log lighter" which I used once. I created so much soot, that I disconnected and removed it and haven't used it since.

I've never cooked anything on the fryer either, but I have used it to light a LOT of chimneys of charcoal.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Now that is a good idea. I am getting another smoker the samr type but bigger and it has been modified. A friend of mine said he would help me make a really nice smoker if I am still into the smoking next year. Little doesa he knows is that I will definilly be into in next year. i guess he has some work to do :-)


Take caer Jake
post #17 of 18

Re: Smoking Turkey

Who are you kidding Jake?..you don't have any friends :P

Just kidding..you are taking to this stuff like a fish to water...don't build one bigger than mine or my wife will kill me when I have to build an even bigger one.

Rock
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well hell roksmith your building it :-). You should put a pic of your smoker for an avatar. Doing up some baby backs, kabobs, and 1 chicken and maybe a breastfeast fattie with chesse instaed of egg. I got a funeral to go to and my litrtle misses is really taking this 1 hard. So I'm off today also. later dude.

Jake
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