First turkey this weekend ... few questions

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by darelleats, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. darelleats

    darelleats Newbie

    I've ordered a 12-14 lb turkey from my butcher which I'll be picking up tomorrow and then brining for our Canadian Thanksgiving which is this weekend. I'll be cooking the bird for a Saturday meal. After brining I'll be injecting with a cajun butter mix and rubbing the outside with something along the same lines. I'll pop in some aromatics (onions, celery, garlic) inside the bird before popping it onto the smoker.

    How long will the bird take (approximately)? Will watch for the right tempertures in the thigh and breast, but a ballpark time would be helpful so that we're not eating at midnight.

    Does anyone have any tips or tricks that would be helpful?
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Do you want to eat the skin?
     
  3. darelleats

    darelleats Newbie

    Hmmm... my doctor says no, but my mouth says yes... tell me more!
     
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Kick the heat up on the smoker everything else sounds great but smoke at 275* or higher I usually do mine at 325-350* or you have to finish it on grill or in oven to crisp up the skin. Or don't eat the skin
     
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Whole 12 lb Turkey at 225 bout 6.5 hours at 325-350 bout 4-5 hours
     

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