Smoking a 20 pound turkey for Thanksgiving

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smoker69, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. Hi all, I am preparing to smoke a 20 pound turkey for Thanksgiving. I have read a few threads on here and I think I have a good grasp on the basics.  I am not brining the turkey but I am injecting it. I know that I should expect a smoke time of around 6 hours.  The smoker I am using is my avatar.  Built by my son.  Are there any nuggets of wisdom anybody can provide to me? 
     
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would smoke it at a high temp.  You want to be out of the danger zone 4 -140 deg with in 4 hours.  
     
  3. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do a Spatchcock , your Bird may not fit in the cooking area, if it does , great however ,  this is a second plan [​IMG].

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving [​IMG]

    Have fun and as always . . .
     
  5. Thanks for all info folks.  The bird is thawing as we speak.  I plan to put him on the smoker tomorrow around 12:30pm.  He will fit in my smoker no problem.  But, here is a quick question.  I plan to inject the turkey.  I only need to do this before it goes on the smoker correct?  I have never used a injector before so double checking my facts.
     
  6. cxthree

    cxthree Newbie

    You can do it either way.  I have done them both and really have not see a big difference.  I lean toward injecting a few hours ahead of time, but I am not stuck on it.  I think the bigger issue is doing it right.  Load your injector and try to inject a large amount in each breast with one poke in each.  Ie don't make a lot of holes in your bird.  :)  You will see it swell up. 
     

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