Smokin my first turkey tomorrow - couple questions

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tatuajevi, May 29, 2013.

  1. tatuajevi

    tatuajevi Fire Starter

    So I've been reading through this section of the forum and have picked up a couple tips. Bird is about 12 pounds, it's brining in a mixture of water, honey, salt, sugar, and lots of herbs.


    My smoker is the Brinkman electric and it pretty much only heats at one temp. It reaches 225 and doesn't really move from there, ever lol. At least that was my experience this weekend with three different smokes, since I just got the smoker.

    How long will a 12 pound bird take at 225? I was thinking somewhere between 5 and 7 hours?

    Also, I'll be smoking a pork butt at the same time (starting that one much earlier) and I was under the impression that the pork should be smoked on the top rack and the turkey on the bottom and place a drip pan underneath it. Is that right?

    And of course I'll post some pics tomorrow! The pork goes on at 5am, so I'll be pretty bored all day!
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good Luck!
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    How much does the Butt weigh? An eight pound butt at 225* can take 16-20hrs to hit an IT of 205*. Just a heads up if your planning on having it for dinner.
  4. tatuajevi

    tatuajevi Fire Starter

    Butt is 8 pounds. I plan on having the turkey for dinner and the pork will be for the weekend, I doubt it will be done by dinner, as you said.

    Also, 2 hours per pound for turkey? Please tell me that is a typo! 24 hours in the smoker is too long!
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Good catch, yes 1/2 hour or .5 hours per pound... I cook mine to an IT of 165* 170* in the breast 165* in the thigh.
    Last edited: May 29, 2013
  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    ^^^^^^^ good answer...[​IMG]
  7. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Good luck,  TatuajeVI!  Be sure to show and tell us how it turned out!

  8. tatuajevi

    tatuajevi Fire Starter

    Oh thank God, lol I was about to freak.

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