How to time smoking turkey parts

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jiju1943, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. This year we plan to smoke just the turkey breast and 10 or 12 turkey legs. When smoking a whole turkey, I can understand the amount of time that should be planned to smoke. But when smoking a breast and a bunch of legs, do I add all the weight up. For example, 8 pound breast and 10 pounds of legs, do I plan for the same as a 18 pound turkey? Or do I plan for just the breast and just check the temps of all parts.

    The reason I am asking is I want to make sure I have plenty of time to do the smoking before the Thanksgiving meal.

    One more question, how do I handle the turkey after smoking to keep the skin from wrinkling?

    I normally wrap the turkey in foil after it is done, then wrap in a clean towel and place in a clean cooler for two or three hours.
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    jiju1943 , hello and Happy Holidays.

    Parts are different from a whole , and time is not a factor. You should have a good 'Probe Therm.'  , and take the Breast up to 165*F deep in the Meat without touching the bone. The Thighs and Legs go to 170*F. If you don't have a 'probe' , check out Bass Pro , Cabella's , or even Wally World . Temp. is a must to save getting sick.

    Now, even if you have top of the line therms. , check the Calibration to make sure...

    Yes , you can wrap the Turkey . But the skin will winkle unless you cook at higher temps. and basting as it goes . All this is

    time consuming and  if you're Smoking pieces don't loo for very pretty . May be possible but I have never done a pic

    perfect , but I'm looking to flavor. I usually toss the skin or use it in soup...

    Happy Holidays and as usual  . . .
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2014
  3. Thanks Oldschool, and happy holidays to you also. I have a Cooper‑Atkins  probe which is pretty accurate, I check it ever so often to make sure it is right on. I also have a remote thermometer which is pretty accurate also. 

    I am not really looking for pretty as much as I am taste also. Basically what I need is a ballpark time, I will for sure be checking the temps closely, I am a stickler about temps. To be on the safe side I will smoke on Wednesday to be sure to have it ready, I like cold turkey much better than warm.

    Thanks again.

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