My first ever smoke was a turkey...

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by healeydays, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. I picked up a Charbroil 44 in. Vertical Propane Gas Smoker and decided to do my 1st smoke for July 4th, but Hurricane Arthur’s rains skirted S NH and so I delayed the smoke till the 5th.  The victim of my first ever smoke would be an 18 lb turkey that was injected with creole butter and smoked using peach wood.

    The weather was a dry 80 degrees and wind gusts of 25-35mph (stupid time to get a cook going).

    I decided to split the turkey into 2 halves as with the winds, I figured I might have a fighting chance of a balanced cook.

    I fired up the smoker at 11:15 to get it up to temp, and got the meat in the smoker at 12:05

    Here are my numbers from then on:

    Time

    Smoker            temp

    Bird temp
    12:05​
    252​
    40​
    12:30​
    300​
    53​
    1:00​
    290​
    77​
    1:30​
    266​
    90​
    1:45​
    293​
    97​
    2:00​
    319​
    108​
    2:15​
    325​
    15​
    2:30​
    321​
    122​
    3:00​
    318​
    134​
    3:15​
    308​
    140​
    3:30​
    305​
    144​
    3:45​
    297​
    149​
    4:00​
    305​
    153​
    4:15​
    312​
    157​
    4:30​
    291​
    160​
    4:45​
    280​
    162​
    5:00​
    299​
    163​
    5:10​
    291​
    165​

    I covered the bird for 20 minutes, and carved what my wife called the best turkey she ever tasted.

     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2014
  2. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    Looks great....next time give us a sliced shot so we can drool over how juicy it was! LOL

    Cheers!
     
  3. Good point.  Not sure what was causing the more juices, the turkey or my wife drooling.  Seriously, the bird was extra juicy and the peach made for a light sweet smoke.
     
  4. knifebld

    knifebld Smoking Fanatic

    LOL

    Yeah I have read that before...gotta get me some of that peach!
     
  5. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Wow! must of read up alot on smoking to do a whole turkey. Did alot of breast and Wife luved em'. Whole turk scared me. Have only done 2 in my experiences and were good. Will do more though. Brine is it![​IMG]
     

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