How much turkey have you smoked in a Masterbuilt Extra Wide?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by smokinnn, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    I've been using my Masterbuilt Extra Wide for about 6 months now and just love it.  I did salvage the larger water pan from my old Masterbuilt 7in1 smoker and that helps control the temp a little better.

    My question is this.  I want to smoke two turkeys for Thanksgiving.  I was wondering what are the largest Turkey's that will fit into this big smoker?  I like to cut the turkeys in half so they smoke more evenly and a little quicker.  There are 4 shelves so that should not be a problem.  We need about 30 pounds worth of turkey this year.  Has anyone smoked two turkeys of 15 pounds or bigger in this smoker before?

    Thanks!!

    Kevin
     
  2. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    I would not be afraid at all to put 2 turkeys in that puppy... I have had 4 12lb'ers in my MES40 (see my profile pic)...and your smoker has 30% more shelf space and 3 times the heat output! You can halve them up or leave them whole, just stick with 12lb birds or less to help get thru the danger zone. I had to modify my shelf spacing with s-hooks so they all fit.

    Happy Smokin' !!!

    Barry.
     
  3. smokinnn

    smokinnn Fire Starter

    If I cut two 16 pound turkeys in half and put the halves on 4 separate shelves, that is like smoking four 8 pound turkey's right?
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  4. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    Yup.... but be sure to rotate the top and bottom shelves at least once for even cooking.
     
  5. I have a 20 pound turkey and Im thinking about smoking it for 3 to 4 hours at 225 and then turning the smoker up to 325 until done just wondering if  anyone ever done this.
     
  6. biteme7951

    biteme7951 Meat Mopper

    I took mine to temperature then a short blast in the oven at 350 to crisp the skin (10-15min), but you can do it in the smoker too. If you only go 3-4hrs then to 325 you might get a little overshoot because it is gaining temp quicker,  so you may need to watch it closer.
     

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