First Turkey. Please advise.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by nevrsummr, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    So, I am smoking my first turkey tomorrow. It is a 13 lb er. I am trying to finish my smoker today so I can burn it in tonight and smoke tomorrow. However it only can get as high as 225* will that be sufficient to make 4-40 in 4 hours or do I need to use my old smoker that gets much hotter?

    I used a brine I found on here, no cure. And have it soaking now.

    Any other advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    225 is fine but the skin will be rubbery. If you eat it, when IT is 145-150, finish the bird in a 425 oven...JJ
     
  3. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Will do. Thanks JJ. Does anyone bother to tent it for a period of time? Is it important to spatchcock or will whole bird be ok?
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Spatchcock saves some time but not needed unless the bird is 18+ pounds and a smoker temp below 275 is desired. Tenting is just to buy some time. If the rest of the meal and guests are ready to go, a 15-20 minute rest on the counter is all that is needed and start carving...JJ
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2016
  5. maple sticks

    maple sticks Smoking Fanatic

    I would spatchcock any size bird if smoking at 225*.
     
  6. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Didn't get the smoker quite finished last night so it's going in the fridge smoker which gets much hotter. Do you guys place a water pan under the bird?

    Any last minute tips?
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If you smoker will go to 325°F just treat it like any Roasted Turkey, about 15 minutes per pound to 165 in the Breast. You can leave it whole and the skin will be crisp. No water in the pan...JJ
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Air dry the skin. Best to do overnight in the fridge uncovered. Sounds like rounding have time to do that. Right before putting in the smoker hit it with a hair dryer on low.
     
  9. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Sounds like a nifty trick. What does it do?
     
  10. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    I rinsed and dried, let air dry for a bit, injected, and rubbed. It's 36* IT and about to go on smoke
     
  11. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

     
  12. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    on the smoker. Going to let it air dry till 40* IT and then crank the smoke and heat.
     
  13. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    11:00 40* IT
     
  14. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    @ 2:50 pm it hit 140 almost exactly 4 hours. Now it is at 158
    skin feels pretty crisp but going in the oven anyway. Just to be sure.
     
  15. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    finished IT 170
     
  16. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Looks pretty black, nervous.
     
  17. maple sticks

    maple sticks Smoking Fanatic

    Six hours is quite a while to smoke a turkey. You said you injected it so it could be good? Hope for the best.
     
  18. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Wouldn't say it was great, but it was good. Skin was crispy. Little bit dry in the breast, the dark meat was moist. Not very smoky.

    It was too long. Here is the problem, temp hit 165 so I was getting ready to pull it. I probed a few extra spots to be safe and juice was pouring out. All temps were good. I set the probe deep to monitor the bloom and as I was pulling it saw the temp sitting at 152. What the heck? So I put it back in at 350 till 170 IT. Pulled and let bloom for 30. Was a little frustrated.

    If you place the probe close to bone you get a high reading or a low?
     
  19. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Bone is a poor conductor. That is why a med/rare T-Bone will be rare next to the bone...JJ
     
  20. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    So possibly the probe went in against bone?
     

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