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How to presmoke a turkey?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I had plans on smoking a 12.5 lber on Christmas Eve morning, but the plans seemed to have changed, and I'm wondering if I could just smoke it today?
Good news is the smoker is kicking right now w/ 2 butts in it and about to make a few fatties to join them. Bad news is turkey is still a little frozen but in water and thawing nicely, should be thawed by lunch.
I need to know if I can smoke it now and how to reheat it whole where it's presentable at table, and is there an injectable "brine" or marinade that works for smoking since I wont have time to brine?
Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 7
Sure, why not. You can just reheat in the microwave or oven. I always have some leftovers and vacuum seal it. We just broke some out the other day for some sammies and a noodle dish my wife makes. still had a nice flavor to it.
post #3 of 7
Turkey is just a big chicken icon_smile.gif

Smoke it and reheat. Shouldn't be a problem at all. Just make sure you put a little moisture in the pan when you reheat (if you reheat in the microwave, a little tip is to cover the bird with a damp towel).
post #4 of 7
If you aren't using a cure, just be sure you are really BBQing it at higher temps so as to not linger in the danger zone too long. I advise the folks that get my cured smoked turkey to reheat in a 350 deg. oven for app. 15 min per lb. til internal temp of around 150 deg.
post #5 of 7
Sure you can and then just re-heat on the day of. Thats the one thing about smoking meat you can always re-heat and you'll always still have that great smoked flavor. Just remember the smoked hams and turkey are aready cooked and you just re-heat them too.PDT_Armataz_01_05.gif
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
OK it's in and I'll finish it tonight.
I'll probrably do it in the oven, but if I wanted to do the microwave, any idea on how long?
post #7 of 7
Just long enough to take the chill off of it.

If you slice it, it won't take but a minute or two. Big chunks take longer.

Relax, you'll be just fine and it'll turn out great.
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