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I have a Question about turkey smoking times????

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by rp ribking, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have read the temp guidelines about the danger zone.

    A fella at work claims that he smoked a turkey for 12 hours. I am wandering if this is possible?

    So if you get the turkey thru the danger zone in the 4 hour time frame, can you smoke it on low heat for 6 to 8 hours longer?
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Sure it's possible a 20 lb bird could go that long.
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I suppose, but why?  I've never had a turkey take more than about 5 hours (nearly a 20 lb bird).  Nice smoke ring, great flavor, moist.  Anything more is probably beyond necessary and risks drying out the bird IMHO.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Sure you can smoke a turkey for 12 hours it's easy. Just leave the turkey in the smoker for 12 hours. Now eating it might be alittle hard. I think you should ask your buddy if he was goning to eat that turkey or was he gonna make some shoes out of it.