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jib
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17 08 3:43 am    Post subject: Turkey - Smoked whole Reply with quote

My folks are going to be in town for Turkey day, and I want to smoke a whole Turkey. I'm planning on doing a trial run this weekend on a fresh, 12 pound bird, but could use some guidance. I have a Tarragon brine I've used for Turkey legs, but am open to suggestions. What I need is some guidelines on time, temperature and how I know it's done?

I'm guessing: 350F for about 20 minutes a pound, but to a Thigh temp of 170F, but could use some experienced folks to provide some guidance.

Also, any suggestions on rub or wood? I'll probably use a light garlic/pepper seasoning and smoke with Pecan and Apple.

Thanks in advance,

Jack
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Div
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17 08 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20845&highlight=



I ran mine around 275 and I never go by time I got by internal temp ...165 170 is done
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17 08 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link and the guidance. Your bird looks awesome.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21 08 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My turkey came out well, but the skin was a tad rubbery. It was cooked primarily at 250F or lower, as company called that they would be late, 30 minutes into my cook. I'll run the temps higher on my next cook.

Thanks again Div,

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21 08 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking about cutting the back bone out of mine. I do this for chicken and it cooks more even. Does anyone do this for turkey?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22 08 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have done it in the past and it worked for me. I have given up on the skin and just denude it.
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