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Breast up or Breast down?

bravery

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I have always smoked my turkeys breast up. But I read a few comments about smoking breast down. My concern is since I smoke my turkeys in a pan that the breast won't get smoked. What are your thoughts???
 

timberjet

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For me breast up then I crank up the fire at the end and flip to crisp up the skin. the dog likes the skin crispy. Then again, I almost always spatchcock turkeys. 
 
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rdknb

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I am a breast up guy :)
 

seenred

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Breast up for me...never done it the other way.

Red
 

jginindy

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Don't know if it makes any difference either way, but I dont use a pan and start breast down on turkey and chicken, and then turn over about half way.
 

dougmays

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Another trick many people use as well as i have, before is to pull the turkey out of the fridge 30 mins prior to putting in the smoker and put a ziplock bag of ice on the breast to keep it slightly cooler so it'll good slower
 

venture

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Up or down?

Hmmm?

Even sideways?

Have to think about that?

Think I like them either or any way?

Good luck and good smoking.
 

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