Smoked Turkey in a Masterbuilt 40?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by fished, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. Is it safe to smoke a turkey in a master built 40 electric smoker, either stuffed or unstuffed?  The max temp setting is 275F, I don't know if that will keep it out of the danger zone.  We want to do about a 12 pound turkey.

    Thanks for the help.

  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    You will be fine with an unstuffed 12 lb turkey. I wouldn't go any larger than that and I wouldn't stuff at all at the lower temps in an MES. 
  3. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    DON'T STUFF!!!!  You're only asking to get sick.  

    Bear or Dave should chime in on this.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You will be fine with a 12Lb unstuffed bird in the MES. Larger birds can be smoked but you need to Spatchcock or cut in halves. With the MES you will be smoking at a temp range of 225-275°F. You can figure on about 25 minutes per pound cook time + or - 5 minutes depending what part of the range you choose. The skin will not crisp so if  crisp skin is desired, when the IT is 145°F in the Breast, put the Bird in a 425°F Oven to finish cooking to 165° (175 in the Thigh) and Crisp the Skin...JJ
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015

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