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Another turkey smoking question


Joined Nov 20, 2006
Hi all, I just found the website and am soaking up all the information...
I am all ready to smoke a 11 pound turkey on thanksgiving day...
Have the brine recipe printed out, smoker is ready, turkey is thawing..
Just have one question.
How many pans of wood (Smoke) do you use.
I usually smoke salmon and know for a fact that you can get it too smokey.
I have a propane smoker and was planning on once the smoker gets up to temp, put the pan of wood in (Using Hickory) and 45 minutes to an hour later, a second pan of smoke....
Is 2 pans of smoke enough for a 11 pound turkey done at 250° F for about 6 hours?
Thanks for all the help and information.



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jul 16, 2006
I would have the bird in smoke until the internal temp gets above 135F. I have a GOSM and added wood 3 times for my last turkey smoke (9 lb bird). I followed your idea and added wood at 45 minute intervals.

Hope this helps.

Take care, have fun, and do good!




Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 11, 2006
I would not use Hickory on the turkey :(

Go with a fruitwood, they are much friendlier to the mild tast of chicken or turkey. If fruitwood is not available be very careful with the nutwoods or mesquite. That's my opinion :P


Thread starter
Joined Nov 20, 2006
Thanks for the help guys.
I'll go with apple chips and try 3 pans set about 45 mintues to an hour apart.
Thanks again

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