First time smoking turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by graco, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. graco

    graco Smoke Blower

    12lbs at 250 degrees, 7 hours with hickory/apple/Jim Bean Barrel wood chips. I used the buttermilk brine for 36 hours and the bacon butter for seasoning. It was really good.


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  2. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice looking Bird
  3. coryb

    coryb Fire Starter

    7hrs? What internal temp in the breast did you cook to? I only ask as i usually smoke a 12-14lb turkey in about 4.5hrs to an internal breast temp of 165.  Smoker temp usually between 250-280.

    Ultimately the only thing that matter is how it tastes.  It looks fantastic! did it taste as great as it looks?
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    And it looks great! Nice job and Happy Thanksgiving!
  5. graco

    graco Smoke Blower

    I have the MES 30" so max temp is 275, original recipe called for 240-250 degrees. My wife was getting antsy so I increased it to 275 for the last hour. It got to 163 degrees I believe.

    It tasted really good and was moist too.
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If that good a looking bird doesn't get [​IMG], I don't know what does. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. graco

    graco Smoke Blower

    It did! Thanks, you guys too.
  8. oldgofaster

    oldgofaster Newbie

    Congratulations and Nice looking bird!!  Isn't it amazing how good they taste?

    I am a rookie at turkey, so here is what mine did....

    I have a MES and ran my 12# turkey through in 4 hrs at 275.  Outdoor temp was 28F, Ohio.

    Breast down, 3 shots of dry wood @ start and on the hour for next two.  Pulled when breast was at 165F.

    It was juicy and a big hit.

    I love this place, First Post!
  9. Nice looking bird! 

    Happy smoken.


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