2 breast

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jim p, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. jim p

    jim p Newbie

    Sorry not what you may have been thinking.  I am smoking 2 turkey breast tomorrow.  Each breast is approx 7 pounds.  Do I time them for 7 pounds or for 14 pounds?

    Thank you

    Jim
     
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Time for the IT....internal temps.....but I would average it for the 7 pounds.  Make sure you get it to 170*.....food safety stuff again.

    Kat
     
  3. jim p

    jim p Newbie

    I am thinking 30 min per pound and was curious of the math i would need to get the turkey up to and pull off the smoker at 170*.

    Thank you

    Jim
     
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree....about 1/2 hour per pound....what temp are you going to be using?  225* or up?  could take less time with a higher temp in the chamber

    Kat
     
  5. jim p

    jim p Newbie

    I will be shooting for 225* .  I will plan for 4 hrs, but i will start looking at IT around the 3 hr mark.  It is amazing the time difference between poultry and beef.  
     
  6. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    To your original question, the timing would be for one breast plus a little to account for the additional thermal mass in the smoker. IE: if you were going by time alone you'd give it 3.5 hours plus maybe a half hour for the rebound time of putting 14lbs of cold meat in your smoker. It'll likely take at least a half hour to get back up to 225˚. So, in this scenario, you're right on the money with your estimate of 4 hours.

    However.....

    Turkey in my opinion does a LOT better at higher temps. I run mine at 325+. At those temps I get a 12-14 pound bird done in 4 hours. I do use more smoke wood or a stronger wood like hickory to make up for the shorter ride, but my birds always have plenty of smoke. And tender skin. and moist meat.

    I just prefer the texture of a bird smoked at higher temperature. I've done low and slow and feel the meat gets a grainy, almost mushy texture, and the moisture seems to be more infused in the finished product. While a hot and fast bird is more "meaty" and the moisture seems to be between the fibers, allowing it to flow more freely out of the meat into my mouth. :) I know what you're thinking, that the hot and fast method is more likely to dry it out, but this hasn't been a problem, not yet anyway.

    Anyway, no matter what you do, get the meat to a safe temperature. If you don't have a probe thermometer go to the store and get one. You can get the bi-metal ones with a dial for just a few bucks. Then you just calibrate it in either boiling water or an ice bath and you're good to go.
     
  7. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last edited: Jun 1, 2013
  8. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Use your Thermometer and go to 165*F at least(will be juicy there).Cook at 225*F.
     
  9. ☺Awwww kathrynN, you're making me blush!

    When are we getting some q-view?!?!?
     

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