Smoking a turkey ? at the last min. having trouble

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by predatorbass, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    First time cooking a bird, I should have run a test run but NO, I have a bradley digital and I can not get the temps up, I have it set at 300 and after one hour the thing only got up to 242 so I wanted to go out hunting and I put the bird in at 6:30 am well at 8:30 2 hours later it is at 232deg.

    I had the bird in a brine for a day and a half and eat time is at 1pm.

    If at a certain time I am not up to a certain temp should I stuff it in the oven and if so how long do I need to give that ?

    I put my drip pan in with a can of chicken broth in at 8:30 am and now my temps are at 210

    Should I be concerned also about get it to a temp for safety reasons ?

    Thanks in advance and happy thanksgiving.
     
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Put the smoke to it for a few hours, and finish it off in the oven

    This way you'll get crispy skin!

    Todd
     
  3. rowdyrawhide

    rowdyrawhide Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    couple of questions for ya

    Do you have another Therm to double check temp, and are you really cold this morning, and how big is the bird.

    As for finishing in the oven, you can def do that and yes you need to get it up to temp up to 140 internal temp within the first 4 hrs.

    I don't have a bradley so I can help troubleshoot any probs, but with a steady decline in temps you most def have a problem.

    I'd say if you can't get it figured out in the next few min, ya probably better get it in the oven.

    Aaron
     
  4. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    It is up to 216 now and yes I have dual temp readings,

    It is 42deg outside

    bird is 13.5lbs
     
  5. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

      Like Todd said, smoke it for a couple hours and finish in the oven.

    At 325º it takes about 20 mins per lb.
     
  6. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    I took it out after 3 hrs the bird is at 133deg

    I put it in the oven.

    I left the smoker on to see what it would do and now the temps are climbing, why wouth it not get up to temps with the bird in it ? aven after 3hrs of being in there..
     
  7. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    After one hr in the oven meat temps are at 158deg

    It smells and looks great, nice and brown.. It will be done 1.5hrs early[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like it's gonna work out good for ya!

    Todd
     
  9. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    I have 2 sets of maverick ET-732

    after 1 hr 15mins the breast reads 165 deep thigh reads 180, I thought this was suppose to be the other way around ?
     
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like it's done to me.

    Let's eat!
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This is the correct temps for Breasts and Thighs...you are Golden...JJ
     
  12. predatorbass

    predatorbass Newbie

    Thanks everyone, it was a good turkey day, my smoked turkey had better flavor then my brothers oven cooked.
     
  13. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


      There are lots of people that try to have this kind of success [​IMG]

    Sounds like you did a great job.

    Glad it came out well [​IMG]
     

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