My first whole smoked turkey!

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Nov 23, 2016
Lots of firsts.. first full run of my Masterbuilt 30" ES and my first whole turkey. I had a 13lb bird. I injected a melted butter (1 stick) and chicken broth solution with some Season All, garlic and rotisserie chicken seasoning mixed in. Smoked using pecan chips at 275. I brought it up to temp and backed of to 260 for a bit, then back up. Not sure why I didn't that. Was afraid it was too hot. Full smoking time was about 5:15, but it was over shot on 165 by 10 degrees at that point. Temp at thick part of breast was 172. Thigh about 175. Pulled off and wrapped for about 1.5 hours, then broke it down into meat for today. This was all between midnight and 3am last night. It was a tad dry but not too much so. Hoping the reintroduction of the juices will help in reheating. It's definitely got some flavor and tastes good.

Turns out it wasn't dry at all. Must just me being critical. Everyone thought it tasted great. Mom had made an oven baked and I smoked one. The gravy from the juices too was awesome. Nice smokiness to add to the flavors. Now to eat the rest for 4 more days! Excited about this new smoker. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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