Smoked turkey, breast up or breast down?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bishop916, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. It's been a couple years since I've smoke us a turkey... I've tried breast down but it was kinda deformed afterwards (grate marks, etc) 

    Any thoughts on moistness either way? 

    Also, I plan to inject it with a chicken broth/butter/garlic/cajun mixture... I've read there is danger of contamination? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2015
  2. derek roorda

    derek roorda Newbie

    breast up works better, there's no real benefit to breast down (trickle down effect of greases is why people do it, but the chemistry/physics behind that doesn't support it)
  3. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    injecting is fine as long as you get it out of danger zone in the correct amount of time. I am not exactly sure what it is on poultry but I'm guessing 160 in no more than 3 hours. Check the usda website it should be on there. I do all my birds breast down. Last 2 years the future in laws had nothing but praise. First year wasn't the best... pretty dry when I did it up. My personal belief is all the juices stay in the breast and do not escape and go elsewhere.

    Just my 2 pennies... happy smoking and happy thanksgiving! Enjoy!
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The rule is 40-140 in 4 hours. Safe finished IT for poultry is 165 in the breast or thigh.
  5. smokinadam

    smokinadam Smoking Fanatic

    I knew someone would have the exact answer! He wouldn't of killed anyone with mine 😉

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