need help with cook time

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokinbobo, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. smokinbobo

    smokinbobo Fire Starter

    Hi all, been a while since I did a turkey and I can't remember how long it took last time.  I have a 12lb bird sitting in a brine over night in the refrigerator.  I'll be cooking at around 300 to 325 degrees on my GOSM big block (propane),  I was going to loosely foil the legs and thighs.  12 lb at 300 degrees, does 6 hours sound about right? 30 min per pound?  like i said i couldnt remember for sure how long per pound it took last time I did it.  Thanks all, pics will be posted after happy thanksgiving
     
  2. I smoke a 10 to 12 # turkey 275 to 350 took 2.5 to 3 hours final temp 170
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    At 300-325*F the cook time will be closer to 4hours + or - 30 minutes...20minutes per pound...JJ
     
  4. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter

    Hey, dumb question (maybe I'm m,issing something), why foil the legs and thighs? 

    Also, I cook a 12 lb turkey at 350F for about 2.5 to 3 hours.
     
  5. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I foil the wings and leg tips to keep them from getting to dark and over done
     
  6. dwolson

    dwolson Fire Starter


    I do the same.  I also foil the breasts. 
     
  7. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

      Yep,I do the breast after it gets a nice golden brown
     
     
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck & don't forget the camera!
     
  9. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    I have an MES 40 so I can can only be at 250 to 275.  I have two 13 lb birds, one brined one with rubbed with Tony Cachere's inside and out.  Since i have a lower temperature, any ideas what I can expect for a cooking time?  Also, any recommendations for shelf position, I know its a bit hotter toward the bottom.  Should i rotate top to bottom every hour or so?  It is my first time doing turkeys.
     
  10. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you foil legs thighs and breast what is not foiled??
     
  11. I have the MES and have smoked turkeys the last couple of years and they came out excellent!  I have my turkey brining and will rub down with Tony c's and lemon pepper before smoking.  I plan to smoke for about 4 hours.  As far as moving the bird I would say no...  you lose temperature every time you open the door so I will ut the bird upright about mid way up the smoker. I put a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and run the wire through the fluke so I can monitor the internal temp.  I will pull the turkey at about 168 and let it rest for a bit.  Hope this helped. 
     
  12. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    Thank you.  Appreciate the advice.
     
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Your probably looking at 4-6 hours cooking time, but remember this is just an estimate. Cook them until the breast is 165 & the thigh is 175. I wouldn't bother with rotating them unless one is getting done a lot faster than the other one. As for the shelves try the second & bottom one's
     
  14. maloff28

    maloff28 Smoke Blower

    At 150 already... only 2.5 hours in....
     

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