I am smoking a turkey right now. I know I need to place the thermometer in the thigh, but I am not sure where the thigh is located on the turkey. Could someone please give me directions on how to locate the thigh?
Picture a bone-in turkey breast. Now look at a full turkey. Picture the "leg quarters" that are absent on the breast but present on the other. The meaty portion that would attach to the breast is the thigh. It's the meaty portion the leg attaches to.
Hope this helps! hard to put into words!
In the picture below, the things on the left are his wings, the things on the right are the thigh and leg. picture the rounded part on top as the "knee". The thigh is in closer to the back of the body, "under" the knee joint..
Well, as I am usually the geekiest one in the room, when I do a turkey in the oven, I put a thermo in both the breast and the thigh (I mean, they're like 10 bucks a piece as Lowes). If the breast starts to cook faster than the thigh.....and it always does, I fashion a tent that just covers the white meat.
The idea is breast meat cooks quicker, thus you put the breast down due to heat rising and being greater above the bird....which will be where the dark meat will be in this scenario. Breast meat 160º (USDA wants 165º), dark meat around 170º. If you shoot for dark meat temps your breast meat will usually be dry and no one wants a dry breast......big and juicy is best.