New to smoking...Masterbuilt 2 door Propane Smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cwrowan, Mar 21, 2014.

  1. cwrowan

    cwrowan Newbie

    My dad and I just got the Masterbuilt 2 door propane smoker.  We have smoked things before using a Weber but decided to get a new one.  We are looking to smoke a turkey this weekend.  My questions are this:  What temperature would you recommend cooking the turkey at?  What type of wood?  Should we use charcoal and wood chips?  Once the chips are burning and smoking do I turn off the propane completely or turn it down to low?  I tried looking online at videos but nothing is mentioned and Masterbuilt does not have it on their website.  Sorry for the rambling.  Hoping for answers.
     
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    CW- you don't need to use charcoal in a propane smoker- the propane is your heat source and the wood chips or chunks provides your smoke. Here is an article that TulsaJeff wrote on using a Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain Smoker (GOSM); It can be applied to just about any type of gas burner.

    http://www.smoking-meat.com/propane-gosm-smoker-instructional-guide

    As for the turkey, smoke it at temps around 300°-325°, this will also help you crisp up the skin. Poultry doesn't benefit from "low and slow" so that's way the higher temps are recommended. I like to smoke poultry using a combination of fruit woods or fruit wood and pecan. Hickory is good also but I go light with the smoke.
    Also, we recommend that if you're smoking a whole bird, try to find one that is 12 lbs or less. You can go with a larger bird, but only if you spatchcock it (remove the backbone and press it flat) Here is a post showing a spatchcocked bird: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/91514/spatchcocked-my-chicken-today-w-qview/0_30
     
  3. cwrowan

    cwrowan Newbie

    Dutch

    Thanks so much.  very helpful.  Really appreciate it.
     
  4. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Glad to have helped. Let us know how it goes and post up some q-view!
     

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