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20 lb turkey??

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by shellbellc, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    From everything I've read, most people are recommending nothing bigger than a 10-12 lb turkey. Well I'm doing a dry run this weekend and I have 20 bird thawing for brine on Saturday. I have an electric smoker that is incapable of attaining 350, I was thinking of smokin it for an hour or two and then moving it to the oven to finish off. Sound good or does anyone have any other suggestions?
  2. Yeah, I was pondering the same question, I’m supposed to smoke a 26 pounder, however my new smoker should do the higher temp. Your idea should probably work, at least you would get some smoke on. I wonder if you can cure turkeys? :roll:
  3. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm still working on a cure for the hubby, I figure once that's mastered, yard birds should be a piece of cake!
  4. jminion

    jminion Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    Large birds can be smoked but I would add 1 TBS of TenderQuick to the brine. The TenderQuick will inhibit bacteria growth and make it possible to smoke larger birds.
  5. That will work with just an overnight brine?…Cool!
  6. mrgrumpy

    mrgrumpy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I tend to get the smaller ones, abt 12lbs or so. They are easier to work with, and the tough tendons are not as plentiful as a larger bird..... Also, IMHO, the smaller ones tend to be a little more moist and flavorful.

  7. Would it work better if you split the bigger birds? I do know you can buy a cured turkey. I've never done one but I have bought one. It tastes like ham.
  8. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    A split bird will cook faster as you don't have the empty cavity to deal with. Jim is right about adding the tablespoon of Tenderquick to the brine mixture.
  9. just woody

    just woody Fire Starter

    use 1oz of tender quick per 1 gal of water and you'll be fine
    if possible brine 20 or larger for 48 hrs.
  10. just woody

    just woody Fire Starter

  11. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    when i have a big bird i will cut off the wings and thighs then bone the breast in one peice then brine all then string or skewer the breast back into shape pulling the skin back over the meat to prevent drying. then when done you can slice paper thin slices just to P.O. the guests