Proper Smoking Temp ?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by swestsmkr, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. swestsmkr

    swestsmkr Newbie

    Hi All
    Gettin a little confused....but I think it has to do with eatin skin or not eatin skin.

    I have read smoker temps of 225 to 250 and 300 to 350. Which is correct.....or should I more correctly say.....what temp is best for smoking a turkey that has been apple brined. This is in a offset smoker. Thanks all.
     
  2. geek with fire

    geek with fire Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think most people are going say, 350. Poultry takes on smoke better than most meats. It also doesn't have all of the connective tissue to break down like beef or pork, so there's no benefit there. I'm not a skin eater, so I don't worry about the crispyness issue. I smoke chickens at 250, but will admit I've never smoked a turkey.
     
  3. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Simple poultry high temps, Beef and pork low temps!

    Remember that and your set bud!
     
  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    It's not necessarily right or wrong just a matter of taste. [​IMG]

    300 to 350 will get you a nice crispy skin and bringing and injecting add flavor!

    ENjoy!
     
  5. skipper

    skipper Fire Starter

    So it's okay to smoke it at lower temps then huh?

    I don't think I could get my smoker that high this time of year.
     
  6. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Yep deb's right!

    Either way high or low works. High temps make crispy skin that's the only difference.
     
  7. Hey all! Havent been here in a while but been a member since last year. I have always cooked low and slow and the bird always comes out nice. I havent quite figured out how to keep my fire 350 degrees consistently / constant. Does anyone have and tips for this? In addition, in the past I have used just regular Kingsford coals. This holiday Im going to try lump coal. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. In addition I use a chimney starter to get my fire going.
     
  8. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    dude..........DONT change up charcoals at the holidays.........do what has werked.........or at least PRACTICE before you do a holiday meal, thats on the line for a bunch of pips........tho thasts just my opinon

    i am sure others will be along to help out better.......

    d88de
     
  9. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Welcome back JohnBoy!
    I'm with Dude on this one wait until after Thankgiving then experiment with new charcoal. Lump burns faster and hotter but until you learn to cotrol it you may have burnt toast instead of smoked turkey!

    Skipper-
    I'm sorry I forgot what kind of smoker you have. Was it an ECB? A windbreak will help with the temperatures when the weather gets rough be it wind, rain, snow or sleet AND saves on fuel!

    If you can't keep your temps up do the best you can. AJ posted a thread about using Mayonaise that seems to work great on low and slow turkeys that's another option.
     
  10. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Watch the danger zone tho, don't let a bird, especially an unCURED <different than brined> hang out below 140 Internal for too long. Get er up there ASAP.
     

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