How to presmoke a turkey?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by justfish, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. justfish

    justfish Newbie

    I had plans on smoking a 12.5 lber on Christmas Eve morning, but the plans seemed to have changed, and I'm wondering if I could just smoke it today?
    Good news is the smoker is kicking right now w/ 2 butts in it and about to make a few fatties to join them. Bad news is turkey is still a little frozen but in water and thawing nicely, should be thawed by lunch.
    I need to know if I can smoke it now and how to reheat it whole where it's presentable at table, and is there an injectable "brine" or marinade that works for smoking since I wont have time to brine?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sure, why not. You can just reheat in the microwave or oven. I always have some leftovers and vacuum seal it. We just broke some out the other day for some sammies and a noodle dish my wife makes. still had a nice flavor to it.
  3. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Turkey is just a big chicken [​IMG]

    Smoke it and reheat. Shouldn't be a problem at all. Just make sure you put a little moisture in the pan when you reheat (if you reheat in the microwave, a little tip is to cover the bird with a damp towel).
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you aren't using a cure, just be sure you are really BBQing it at higher temps so as to not linger in the danger zone too long. I advise the folks that get my cured smoked turkey to reheat in a 350 deg. oven for app. 15 min per lb. til internal temp of around 150 deg.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sure you can and then just re-heat on the day of. Thats the one thing about smoking meat you can always re-heat and you'll always still have that great smoked flavor. Just remember the smoked hams and turkey are aready cooked and you just re-heat them too.[​IMG]
  6. justfish

    justfish Newbie

    OK it's in and I'll finish it tonight.
    I'll probrably do it in the oven, but if I wanted to do the microwave, any idea on how long?
  7. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Just long enough to take the chill off of it.

    If you slice it, it won't take but a minute or two. Big chunks take longer.

    Relax, you'll be just fine and it'll turn out great.

Share This Page