How much wood to use on my first turkey?

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Smoke Blower
Original poster
Nov 14, 2010
Benbrook, TX
Will be smoking my first bird.   Using all the great advice on this site, I am ready from a bird / brine/ rub perspective.  My question is, I usually start smoking with lump charcoal then add whatever wood I am smoking with , then i have usually wrapped the meat (for example brisket) in foil after a certain point so that it is not too smokey.  For a turkey I was interested in how everyone else does it - I have a large offset smoker (longhorn) - any advice would be greatly appreciated!


Smoking Fanatic
Oct 26, 2010
Western Nebraska
i did my 1st turkey yesterday.  i used about a 1/4 of a bag of apple wood chips, plus i had access to some apple tree branches which i cut into 6" long chunks and added thru the smoke process. during the 7 hours of cooking i used about 8 chunks plus the wood chips and had a very nice flavor with a nice smoke ring..i did my turkey around 250 degrees the whole time.


Master of the Pit
SMF Premier Member
Jul 26, 2009
Orlando, FL
That is a tough question. The correct answer usually depends on the individual. How much smoke do you want? I usually use a handful of chips for my offset and replenish as necessary and that works well for my tastes. My best advice is to play around with it and do a couple of turkeys as practice runs and keep good notes of how much you used. When you find the right balance for your palate, duplicate that effort for Thanksgiving. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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