Turkey Internal Temp Question, Am I in the danger zone?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jeffed76, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    So I defrosted the turkey in a cooler and monitored the temp of the water.  It never went over 37 degrees.  After a night of that it went into brine in the fridge for another night.  Today I took it out, injected it (the injector sauce was in the fridge too), rubbed it and threw it back into the fridge while I got the smoker ready.  To make a long story short (to late)  when I put the meat probes in it to throw it on the smoker the internal temp registered 53 degrees.  Is this OK?


  2. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    That really depends on how long the IT of the bird has been above 40*.  The rule of thumb is, make sure the IT gets from 40* to 140* in 4 hours or less.  Any longer than that, and food safety guidelines say that you are in danger of breeding bacteria.

    Are you sure of the accuracy of your meat probes?  

  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sounds like your injection liquid raised the temp.You should be fine as less than 2 hours between injecting and getting the bird in the smoker has pasted. Just make sure the smoker temps stay steady, the hotter the better but no lower than 225*F...JJ
  4. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I'd recommend getting the smoker up between 300-350....you'll get good color and crisp along with a really juicy bird.
  5. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

     I think the probe I used (new one) is a bit off.  I put in another probe that I have used for a while and it registered 15 degrees lower.  I will also crank that temp. I'm at 265 right now.  I'll get it up to 300+.


  6. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    So I'm a bit ticked off with my new thermometer.  The old one (Redi Check) I boil tested and seems to be spot on.  My new one (Taylor) was 16 degrees higher in the opposite side of the turkey... LAME.  I think this Taylor may be going back to the store.    My current temp is 303, woooooooooooooooooooooot!

  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah, I had that happen on a therm from Taylor picked up at Target......had to go back. Sometimes they trick out these units to much.....like yours pictured with all the toggles and choices of meat to program. I just want an accurate one with a probe that won't bust the first time out. To much to ask??
  8. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    You said a moth full!  There is nothing better than a thermometer that does everything but display the correct temp LOL!  

    On a side note, how long does it usually take to cook a turkey at 300?  It looks like mine is going to be ready under 4 hours.  Does that sound right?
  9. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    If you have a 12ish pound bird then you're most likely on target.
  10. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    Finished up the turkey at 300+ degrees.  The top was a little dry, but the rest was moist and delicious.  If you noticed from the picture, there are no legs or wings.... that would be the result of a rookie turkey shopper. I'll get the whole thing next time :)

  11. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nothing wrong with a turkey breast ( I prefer them).. looks wonderful... I slice it up for sandwich's at work... what did you take the IT (internal temp) to ? with bringing AND injecting it shouldn't have dried out... that's why asking what IT was when pulled ?
  12. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    Because of that faulty therm I used I was a bit paranoid so I didn't pull it until 175.  Probably why the top was on the dry side [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2013
  13. jeffed76

    jeffed76 Meat Mopper

    Turkey ended up being just fine.  I ate some and the wife did too with no ill affect.  Gave the kids pizza to be safe. Thanks again for the help guys.  I'm not happy with that Taylor therm, they will be getting an email from me.

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