First time Whole Smoked Turkey - turned out pretty well!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bweist, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. bweist

    bweist Fire Starter

    The wife and I decided to smoke a whole turkey for a belated Canadian Thanksgiving.

    Started out with a 14lb bird and hit it with a rub. Put it into the smoker at 265 for just shy of 6hrs for an internal temp of 170.

    I smoked with a combination of Hickory and Mesquite for 4hrs and then just held the smoker at temp till the end.

    Both the wife and I like the smoked flavor to be a little stronger, but not over powering and this worked well for us.

    We had friends over and served it with cabbage rolls, perogies, mushroom gravy, salads, cheese and of course a couple bottles of wine.

    At the end of the meal, we were advised that we can invite our friends over any time the smoker is going :)

    I am thinking that the next whole smoked bird will be for Christmas cold and snow be damned!

    The rub was pretty simple:

    1/4 cup garlic salt

    1 1/2 tbs ground pepper

    2 tbs paprika

    1 tsp poultry seasoning

    Rubbed the bird liberally and hit it inside the cavity as well.

    Here are the pic's .. unfortunately a couple turned out a little blurry but you get the idea.

  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looked like a nice Turkey. How hot did you cook it , what was the meat temp. at the end?
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  3. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic

    That's some pretty bold talk coming off a hot summer. I hear Saskatchewan can get a little chilly in December.[​IMG]

    That's the Q-View I want to see; your smoker puffing away in the snow.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good looking turkey! You'll have no problems smoking in the snow, I do it all the time! First turkey I ever smoked it was 20 degrees out, wind blowing, snowing it was crazy!
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  5. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    I'd be surprised if we didn't get any snow yesterday! We had 14 hours of rain with the hurricane passing by us...

    Honolulu is getting it today.

    Might be fun to do a smoke on top of Mauna Kea!!! I'll see if the amnts will work at almost 14 thousand foot elevation...
  6. bweist

    bweist Fire Starter

    Smoker was running at 265 - 270 through the smoke .. cooked the bird to 170 internal
  7. bweist

    bweist Fire Starter

    You got it Grillmonkey .. will post pic's of the smoker and the thermometer .. December isnt "that cold" .. January, Feb. and March are ugly here - not sure I would fire up the smoker at 40 below .. but then again I have done crazier things.
  8. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's a fine looking turkey! I'm planning a breast only for our first try, plan is to impress the wife so we can smoke one for thanksgiving!
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  9. christophcbv

    christophcbv Fire Starter

    I am in the middle of doing one, its been cooking for 5.5 hrs and I can't get it passed 140, is it ruined?  I've brought it in to the oven and jacked it up to 325, but should I toss it?

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