Smoking my first turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tristan26, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. I plan on smoking my first turkey right away, that being said I have some questions I have seen a lot of people use a brine and no wet pan? Does that really matter or can you use a wet pan? From the I have seen a 10 lb bird should take around 6-8 hrs is that accurate? And what kind of chips do you like to use?
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi Tristan,  I smoke my turkeys between 300 and 325 and my last one was 12 lbs.  It was done in 3 hrs.  I don't use water in the pan and I used apple wood.  Poultry absorbs smoke so go easy with it.

  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016
  4. I am using a digital masterbuilt smoker. I was going to put smoke to it for around a hour. As I do plan on spatchcocking the bird.
  5. maple sticks

    maple sticks Smoking Fanatic

    I run my weber  +300* no water pan and cooked my last 12# turkey in 2 1/2 Hr. using orange tree wood. I spatchcock and brine with salt and sugar.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016
  6. Thanks everyone. I just hope mother nature is nice to me. It's going to be around -20 Celsius when I do my bird. It is an insulated smoker. I did a pork but a couple weekends ago and it worked just fine.[ATTACHMENT=2514]20151227_170407.jpg (3,245k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]
  7. smokinal

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

    If your going to spatchcock it. My suggestion would be to put it in an aluminum pan on top of onion, carrots, celery, & garlic, with a can of turkey or chicken broth. When it's done strain the pan juice for a real nice stock.

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