First-time turkey smoker

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sslejko, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. sslejko

    sslejko Newbie

    1. I was planning on injecting a 18 lb. turkey for better flavor and moistness before smoking it, but have just been reading about the benefits of brining. Would it be overkill to do both? If I only did one, which would give better results?

    2. Based on the size of my turkey and the fact that I don't want to spend 9 hours tending the smoker, would it be better if I cut it up to reduce the cooking time, or leave it whole and raise the smoker temp to around 300?

    I'm using a simple Brinkmann charcoal water smoker; any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. salmonclubber

    salmonclubber Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    i just did a 18 pound turkey i brined the bird and injected some of the brine into the breast thigh and legs i smoked with hickory i would leave the bird whole and smoke at a temp of 300-350 it should turn out just fine just watch the temp of the bird dont want to over cook it
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think turkey may be the most forgiving bird based on SalmonClubbers post.

    I smoke quite a bit of turkey's every year, and I adjust my temps between the smoke and getting them done.
    This weekend I will be be smoking 10 turkey's - 13 to 16 lb. turkeys and will do my best to start a thread and post the results.
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    TEN TURKEY"S???? on a path for PAIN????????

    any of em wild.........that would be a nice thread also..........

  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

  6. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Debi:

    He was talking about an 18 lber so I think it might be longer then 3 hours. Probably more like 5 + hours?
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'd say based on 20 Min/Lb. Debi musta misread? That gal knows everything, but I'm wondering about her eyesight ;{)

    Like I got room to talk after durn near killing a newbie the other day... sigh.
  8. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    She just mis-read it. That lady can cook rings aroung me and 3 others of your choice. On par with Grandma!
  9. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When you have over 7,000 posts full of helping people you are going to make a mistake or two. Most of waht I learned I learned from Debi :)

    Just didn't want to have to write anymore e-mails, lol right Rich? lol jk.

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