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Breast up or Breast down?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bravery, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. bravery

    bravery Fire Starter

    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???
  2. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I always smoke breast up
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    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. 
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2013
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am a breast up guy :)
  5. seenred

    seenred Legendary Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

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

  6. jginindy

    jginindy Newbie

    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.
  7. dougmays

    dougmays Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    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
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Up or down?


    Even sideways?

    Have to think about that?

    Think I like them either or any way?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  9. Breast up all the way..................[​IMG]