Smoking a turkey standing?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bigfish98, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. bigfish98

    bigfish98 Smoking Fanatic

    I am getting ready to smoke my second ever turkey.  (last one was last weekend - and thanks everyone for the tips on when to pull it and put it in the oven)  I was talking to a buddy of mine that has a "beer can" holder that is made for turkeys.  While I do not have that, I do have a double barrelled chicken one.  I was thinking of trying to put my turkey on it, but I was thinking about trying it upside down.  (putting it neck end down onto the holder)  What are your thoughts/experiences with something like this.  Is upright any better than just laying the bird on the rack in the normal fashion?  I am planning on brining it using the slaughterhouse brine I found on here and thinking of injecting as well.  Please, any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Bigfish
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Just get the big beer cans like Foster's & stand the turkey up the same as a chicken. You don't need a rack to hold it up . It will sit on the can & put the legs forward to support it. I have done that several times.
     
  3. bigfish98

    bigfish98 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Al!  Never thought of that!  Now do you waste good beer or do you put something else in the can?  They do have those "chelada" things that are beer and clamato juice.  They come in a 16 oz can....  Wheels are turning now!

    Bigfish
     
  4. smokinal

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

    Really you can use any can you want, but I always used the big Foster's. Drink half & put some Montreal chicken seasoning in the can with the beer.
     

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