Add chips for how long???

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by saltydog806, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. saltydog806

    saltydog806 Newbie

    I am a beginner to smoking and have never done a Turkey. We have an extra self basting Turkey that I want to practice on. I believe I have found the answers to most of my questions, however I have two to ask at this point (I'm sure I'll have more after my first bird). [​IMG]

    1.With a 5 to 6 hour cook time (10-12lb) do I add wood chips/chunks throughout the cooking time and if so how much & how often? I realize that there are alot of variables (type of wood, cooker, how much smoke flavor I like ect). I'm just looking for a good starting point If I'm useing Mesquite.

    2. When adding more charcoal do I need to always get it started first or can I add small amounts that haven't been started?

    I have a Charbroil (drum style) with a Smoke box attached on the side.

    Nice to be here [​IMG]
     
  2. Four hours of smoke is plenty in my opinion. Others may disaree but I feel that beyond four hours in most cases is to heavy a smoke flavor.

    Scott
     
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'll answer your questions this way.

    1.With a 5 to 6 hour cook time (10-12lb) do I add wood chips/chunks throughout the cooking time and if so how much & how often? I realize that there are alot of variables (type of wood, cooker, how much smoke flavor I like ect). I'm just looking for a good starting point If I'm useing Mesquite. Yes I would add chips/chunks the whole time for the bird will alway accept the smokey flavor. If your useing woods like hickory or mequite I would cut back alittle bit for they ae some strong woods.
    2. When adding more charcoal do I need to always get it started first or can I add small amounts that haven't been started? I add my charcaol right out of the bag and let the exisitng fire start it as well. So don't let your fire go out before adding new charcoal
    I have a Charbroil (drum style) with a Smoke box attached on the side.

    Well I hope that helped you with your smoke but if you have any more questions just post it here and someone will answer it for you.
     

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