Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mijpa, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. mijpa

    mijpa Smoke Blower

    This is my 1st smoker and 2st time trying to smoke something. I was very excited to bring my new masterbuilt home and start smoking the 2 - 3LB turkey breast i just purchased.

    It was getting late but i didn't care I was too excited.

    Well at about 2;30AM I woke up to take the meat out, that would be in their for about 4 hours at 207 degrees.I pulled it out it looked golden brown. I tore into it and noticed it was sorta hard to tear apart. It had a lot of juice qlmost to much and it smelled a bit like raw turkey yet the meat was white not red or pink.

    The thermometer didn't go up to 180 yet that could of been because iwoke up a bit lateand smoker was off and not real hot when i originally opened it.

    So now I'm bummed out because i did something wrong and don't know what as well as wondering if i'm going to get real sick from eating 1 or 2 bites of this bird that i ended up giving to my dog.

    Please help.
  2. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I am not familiar with that smoker, but a 2 to 3 lb turkey breast should take about 45 minutes a lb tops. The internal temp is your friend. You mentioned the smoker was OFF....does it have a timer or something [​IMG]
    Go down to Wal-Mart and buy one of the digital thermometers with the long cord and probe. Around $14. Usually this bird take no more than 2 1/2 hours (in my old R2D2) to smoke depending on your temps. Meat should be moist and white. Try to stick with the Butterball ones if you can.
  3. msmith

    msmith Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Flash pretty much has it covered I would bring the smoker temp up to around 230 to 240. I'm not familiar with that type of smoker either.
  4. mijpa

    mijpa Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the replies. I will have to try it again. I can't see only 45 minutes mine would have beem raw.
  5. mijpa

    mijpa Smoke Blower

    Yes, it does have a digital timer/temp guage on it.
  6. watery eyes

    watery eyes Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Poultry has to be done above 225...preferably 250 in my opinion, and you MUST check the internal temperature to be sure it is above 160.

    Poultry has no margin for error and will make you sicker than anything else in my opinion.

    Don't lose faith....just re-arm yourself with some better tools and get a couple good smokes under your belt!! [​IMG]
  7. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    Might just be me but ....

    If I won't eat it I'm not giving it to my furry friends either. They will eat a lot of crap but they are able to get salmonela too ... Just a thought ...[​IMG]
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not a total of 45 mins. 45 minute per pound of meat. Once you hit the proper internal temp, you should be good to go.
  9. mijpa

    mijpa Smoke Blower

  10. watery eyes

    watery eyes Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Do a search on Salmon here first a get a good understanding of what you want to do and how.....we don't need a second mistake.
  11. bigal

    bigal Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Poultry needs to be cooked to 180*, not 160*. You can pull it off at 175ish but wrap in foil to rest and temp should end up above 180*.
  12. mijpa

    mijpa Smoke Blower

    OK, It's a new day and i was up early preparing my salmon. It is soaking in one of the receipes i have read on this forum.once 8 hours is up i will throw them on.

    Does this sound wright for 4- fillets totaling 4.5 LBS. Pit in smoker for 1hour at 160degrees then raise to 220 degrees for last hour and adding more apple wood chips? occasionally opening door to moniter how fish is doing{ even though everyone says not to open door} not sure how to look at what your cooking with out taking a peak through open door.

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