22lb Turkey - Half smoke a opition?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by socalsmoke, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. socalsmoke

    socalsmoke Newbie

    I have been lurking these forums for over a year and have found way to much good info from everyone.Thanks!

    But I now have a question I can not find a answer for. I have a 22lb Turkey to cook for T-day and would like to smoke it but I do not have the time and from what I have been reading may have a hard time getting out of the danger zone in time with the size of bird I am dealing with. So my question is, what do you all think about popping the turkey into the smoker for the first hour and a half to 2 hours then standard cook the rest in the oven?

    Would this be a waste of time since it wont be in too long or my best bet to get some smoke flavor in and still properly cook it?

    **Going to brine and use a rub as well.  Thanks!
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I would just use high temps (325-350) and go the whole time on the smoker... At that temp it will be the same amount of time as in the oven which you will keep around 350 as well.
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You will get some smoke flavor in 2 hours. The big question is how hot can you get the smoker? You are going to want to be around 300 to get thru the 135 mark even if you pop it into the oven after a couple of hours. 

    Good luck and let us know how it turns out 
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    First off...Welcome SoCal....When you have time go over to Roll Call and give us some info on you, your experience , equipment , ETC... Next to answer your question...YES...There is no reason you can't start in the Smoker for a couple of hours, more is better, then Finish in the Oven...I do it all the time, Summer storms roll up out of the Blue, and I ain't that Hardcore to Smoke in the Rain!...If your equipment does get up above 300*F, you will have no problem with a 20lb Bird getting up to temp like the Distinguished Gents above suggested...JJ
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What they said!
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Or smoke it ahead of time and just reheat it on turkey day.
  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep.....all the above

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