Smoking a Turkey

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Original poster
Dec 13, 2016

new to Smoking Meat Forum.  From Western Kansas.  I smoke on a Traeger.  I do not consider myself a pro in the smoking category but do enjoy trying new things smoking on my Traeger.

Here is my question.  I attempted to smoke a small 12lb turkey on my Traeger last year.  I used a 50/50 mix of apple & pecan pellets.  I put my traeger on "smoke" for 3 hours then turned the temp up to finish the bird.  the problem, i felt, was there was hardly any "smoke" taste.  plus the bird was somewhat dry even though i injected it.

what am i doing wrong?  do i need to leave it on smoke longer and brine the bird??  

appreciate any suggestions

Deb / Kansas 
First of all, welcome to SMF!

Brining will definitely help keep the meat moist.

I am not familiar with your smoker, but if your not getting the smoke flavor your looking for then keep the smoke rolling the whole time.

However I think this is a problem with pellet smokers and some guys add an AMAZEN tube smoker on the grate.

I would post your questions in the pellet smoker section for better answers.

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