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smokerlover

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I'm about to do my first turkey for the Superbowl. At what temp (of the bird) should I quit adding smoke? Also - should I put a rub on the bird? I soaked it in a brine mix with garlic, soy sauce, pepper flakes, etc. I'm planning on using hickory chunks and I have an electric smoker.

Thanks in advance.
 

cajunsmoker

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turkeys seem to absorb a lot of smoke. smoke lightly up to 140*. Be sure and keep the smoke light or you can oversmoke it easily IMHO.
 

cheech

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If you have the choice use apple. It is a lighter wood and a turkey can handle a good apple smoke.
Be careful with mesquite wood, it can take over and be a bit overpowering
 

smokerlover

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Thanks guys.
What about a rub? Do you suggest a rub or justcoat the outside with butter or olive oil? One more question - My smoker is an electric bullet type. Should I put the turkey on the top rack or 2nd rack, closer to the heating element?

Thanks again everyone!
 

ultramag

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I always use a rub on my yardbirds smokerlover. I even try and get some up under the skin the best I can.
 

deejaydebi

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I don't rub Turkey but I sprinkle it with garlic, onion, cajun spice, salt
 

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