Curing and smoking a Turkey, need some advice

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokingstag, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. I have a 21 pound turkey that I am wanting to cure and smoke this weekend.  I am planning on using the complete turkey cure from waltons, it is a brine cure. 

    Here are some questions I have
    • Should the skin of the turkey be removed before put into the brine?
    • Should 12- 24 hours be long enough for the turkey to be in the brine?
    • Is there anything different when smoking poultry vs. say, hams?
     



    • No!



      Is this the instructions?
      "Use: Use 1.29 lbs. of cure to each gallon of water for a 10% pump."

      If so, you need to make the brine and then inject brine equal to 10% of the weight of the turkey (2.1 lbs. in your case)
      I usually soak a bird that size for 48 hours after injecting.
      Start with a fully thawed turkey.



    The smoking procedure can be found near the bottom of the following page.

    http://www.wedlinydomowe.com/poultry-and-game/poultry

    HTH


    ~Martin
     
  2. Yes those are the directions. Your link cleared things up for me, thank you!
     
  3. Hi All,

     I'm new to the forum and I hope that this isn't a thread hijack. I have smoked many turkeys using a brine without a cure. Is it necessary to use a cure in the brine or have I just been lucky in not getting food poisoning. My brine usually consists of 1 gallon water, 1/2 cup Kosher salt, a cup of brown sugar, a cup of apple juice and a cup of bourbon. Fabulous and informative forum with lots of info! Thanks for any suggestions so that I won't kill my family :)

                  OmegaDog12
     
  4. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are smoking a turkey 12-14 lbs. or under, it should be above 140° within 4 hours (smoked to 160° though).  However, as in the previous case, a 20-25 lb. turkey will take a lot more time from 40° - 140° than 4 hours, so you need to cure it first to keep botulism from forming.
     

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