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Smoking on a char grillers Akorn


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Joined Jan 2, 2011
Hi all,

   Have done a lot of smoking with a vertical propane smoker and always knock it out of the park. Tonight, I have been enlisted to help my brother smoke a turkey for the family Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. He has a Char Grillers Akorn but has never done anything except grill burgers with it. I have been "googleing" and You Tubing to try and learn, but figured I should consult the experts here. We have a large bag of lump charcoal and some Hickory chunks. Planning on smoking it overnight so that it is still fresh tomorrow for the feast. Here are my questions:

-How much charcoal should I place in the grill and how much wood for an eight hourish smoke?

-How do yalll light your Akorns for smoking? He has a charcoal chimney but I feel like that would get it too hot and we would have trouble getting the temperature down

-How should I gate back the bottom and top vents to get the temperature right?

-How long could the turkey rest in a cooler before we slice it up?

-Any other tips are greatly appreciated as I have never smoked anything but chickens on my smoker. I am wooried this is going to be a "Christmas Vacation" turkey. Thanks for the help!



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Joined Aug 24, 2014
I'd move this post to poultry for more responses !

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