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turkey

richie

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anyone have any luck smoking turkeys?  if so i would apprciate the input !!  like to do one for christmas!!

thanks,  richie
 

vegansbeware

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I've done turkeys for the past 2 years, both Thanksgiving and Christmas. They turned out excellent each time...so I guess the luck has been good... What's your question?
 

richoso1

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Using a good brine can be very helpful, and you can smoke at higher temps to get a crispier skin, 300° and above are ok. I've smoked poutry anywhere bewtween 350°-400°, just watch the wing tips for burning, or foil them. Be sure and give it a good resting time before you slice it up. It's all good my friend.
 

adiochiro3

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I smoke my turkeys at 250* and always have great skin on the finish.  try basting with melted butter before placing it in the smoker-- probably a key to my nice skin results.  Salt & pepper on the butter.  I like to keep the woods light: fruit or nut woods aren't too aggressive.  Don't stuff the turkey -- way too long in the danger zone!  My 20+ pounders are done in roughly 4.5 hours.
 

travcoman45

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Use a good brine an injection, there be one in the wiki thats good.

Smoke a 12 pound turkey, get much bigger an yer gonna have ta spatchcock it ta get through the danger zone in time.

Smoke in the 350° range fer a nice skin.

Let it rest fer say 15 ta 30 minutes after the smoke fer the juices ta redistribute.

Use any wood ya like, Maple be very nice.
 

richie

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Looking for smoke time and temps, i was going to use a brine but didnt now what or weather to rub with anything or not.  thanks
 

richie

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Thanks for all the help !!   I really enjoy this forum !!   I always check it for ideas.  I have a CI electric that smoker that tops out about 275deg so I guess we'll see what shes got with the bird!  I did do 9 chicken quarters on a blustery winter day, that turned out great.   Ill post some pics with some details of the results!  Thanks again and have a great holliday!!
 

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