What's your choice of wood for a Turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by richoso1, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm going to do my 1st test run on a big bird, and I'd like to know your thoughts on choice of wood to use. I have an assortment of chunks, so I don't think I'll have to go out and buy any more. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    I enjoy apple with my birds. Something about poultry and fruit that mesh well. Good smoke to you!

    J-
     
  3. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    my choice would be...

    1) Apple
    2) Cherry
    3) Alder
    4) Hickory

    in that order. Or a combination of the first three.
     
  4. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I just smoked some turkey legs with a mix of pecan and hickory-good flavor.
     
  5. I like apple the best, then cherry
     
  6. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    what he said........but i use a combo of both
     
  7. binindy

    binindy Newbie

    Put an quartered apple inside the turkey...just did it last weekend, it was great. Remember, go with a little higher temp than you would use for pork; keeps the skin from getting that rubber texture and you need to get past that "danger zone" temp more quickly.

    Lots of good info on here to end up with a great bird

    Enjoy!
     
  8. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the apple idea. I usually smoke my birds at 450 for 1.5 hrs., then drop to 350 till it hits the internal temp that I'm striving for, no rubbery skin.
     

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