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Whole Turkey Newb


Joined Nov 22, 2013
Hey all,

Been lurking for the past couple months since I got my Materbuilt Electric Smokehouse.

Everything I've tried has been great! So, thanks!

Now I need some help on my first Thanksgiving turkey.

I've been looking around and it looks like the go-to brine is the Slaughterhouse method. I think I'm going to go with that brine and the injection. First question, where do I inject it at? All over? In the breast and thigh only?

Also, I'm going to go with a 12-13 lb store bought turkey, so what temp should I smoke it at? I know it has to go from 40-140 in 4 hours, but I'm not good enough yet to translate that to temps. And it looks like I should take it out at about 165* or so and wrap in foil to let it redistribute? Is that right?

If anyone can point me to a "Dummy's guide to smoking a whole turkey" on here that would be great.

Thanks again for all your help! You guys have been awesome so far.


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Joined Jul 23, 2008
Thank you for joining SMF!  Would you please go to Roll Call and tell us about yourself so we may properly welcome you!

One thing that really helps is to use the Search Bar at the top of the page.  This is one of many threads I found on the subject you're looking for;


Check them out!  Lots of great tips!

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