Smoking Thanksgiving Turkey How big is to big and why?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bigdaddyincl, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. bigdaddyincl

    bigdaddyincl Newbie

    For years I have smoked a 25 - 28 lb; typically for 15 - 17 hours; and its wrapped in 5 lbs of bacon. At the same time usually grill a 14-16 lb bird. no one has died or gotten sick. However, an inlaw new to grilling has everyone worried terrible things will happen if they take part in this years turkey. I have no intent on changing my tradition but am curious as to the logic behind this argument. Can someone please help?
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Most Likely someone is looking at the 40 - 140 rule and is worried about the bird temps. the rule is 40 degrees to 140 degrees internal temps within a 4 hour time period. this includes prep time.
  3. barrelcooker

    barrelcooker Smoke Blower

    My guess as i learn more is that it must reach an (it) of 140 within 4 hours of taking it out of the fridge. Thawed. An that if bacteria doesnt end up dieing in that 4 hour mark that it grows inside you.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you follow the 40* to 140* rule , you'll be good .

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