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Gobble Gobble questions

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by get2, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. When smoking a turkey, do you all place the bird on the top or lower rack?  Also, how would you all suggest to cook something else with the bird (abt, fattie..)  Where should they go.  WSM 18.5" smoker
  2. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    I usually go for the middle of the middle rack

    As for the fattie or ABTs I would go above and off to the side a bit, mostly for presentation than any other reason. Too much drippings may discolor the turkey, but then it may add a really good flavor
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    If you are using a thermometer on the rack next to the bird it wouldn't matter which rack you use. I think most of us put poultry below other stuff in the smoker or use a pan below the poultry to catch the drippings.

    Remember they recommend not low and slow smoking a turkey larger than 12 lbs so if you want more turkey just buy a couple 12 lb'ers 
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    For a WSM use the lower rack for your bird and the upper for sides and/or appatizers. The stuff on the upper will be a much shorter cook than the bird.
  5. Thanks for the replies.  I had thought that the bird on the lower would be best, but wanted to get some "expert" opinions first. 
  6. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     I don't know about any "experts".... but we definately have got plenty of opinions... heh-heh. [​IMG]