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Turkey for first time on MES40

matthew evans

Joined Jul 20, 2013
Just finished my first smoked turkey. The it in at 645 this am and by the time I got home at 1230, the temp was reading 180s in multiple parts from multiple thermometers. It's a16 lb turkey that was put in at 250. Seems like a really short cook, but this smoker seems to finish well ahead of time on most of my cooks. Since its still early, I founded it and let it sit in the oven till I'm ready for it. Thoughts?


Legendary Pitmaster
Joined Oct 20, 2010
Have you checked the temps on the MES with a good calibrated thermometer? 

Sounds like the temp you have it set for is actually higher than what it is. 

chef willie

Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Dec 31, 2010
Always good advice to check your temps and often. I did a 13 pounder a coupla years ago on a propane unit that was done in about 6 hours so it's not impossible.....just be careful with the overly large birds getting out of the danger zone in time.....Willie

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