Turkey smoke not going well...

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mrwizardgi, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    So I'm finally getting the chance to smoke again and it's not going well. I have not quite mastered the art of getting the charcoal ready to get my grill up to temp. I have been struggling to keep the temps high enough to cook this bird. I am using royal oak natural wood charcoal and seems to burn longer with less ash, but it doesn't seem to be getting very hot. I really need to get a chimney so I can get things going proper like. I am feeling a bit frustrated right now...[​IMG]

  2. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    What temps are you able to get?
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You COULD put a pile on a spare grate and fire it with a propane torch. I get mine going with a grate over a turkey fryer unit. But yep get a chimney.
  4. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    That's what I've been doing (been using my side burner), and wound up doing that and adding it to the sfb. I'm finally at about 260-ish. I was hovering around 200-220 for a long while. Hopefully I can keep her here now and let'er go. Plus, I'm antsy and am always f-in around opening things I shouldn't be etc. I need to have patience...ohmmmmmmm...ohmmmmmmm

  5. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Sounds like you are back on track. Hope the rest goes smoother for ya
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hopefully you'll have that bird to 140+ before the 4 hour mark. If yer creeping up on 3+ and temp is still way low, consider perhaps hitting a 400° oven for a short time while ya stoke the firebox again... then back to the smoker with the hot bird.
  7. Maintaining heat levels with a chacoal smoker is mostly in the amount of charcoal that you start with. Make a note of how much charcoal you started with this time and use more next time. It takes most people a bit of tweaking to get it at the right level to start with.
  8. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the advice all. In an ironic twist, the Webber Chimney I purchased online came today...after I pulled the bird. I wound up giving it 20 mins in the oven at 375 to make sure it was done. It tasted great although I thought the breast was a bit drier than I thought it might be.

    I am very new to charcoal so I am not learned in the way of the burn just yet. I know I've been starting with too little charcoal, and I have not been patient in letting all the coals take before putting them in the sfb. I'm hoping the chimney will help me out and I can get things up to temp. correctly and not be in such a darn hurry!

    Future smokes will be much better! Thanks agin for the help and info all!

  9. coyote

    coyote Master of the Pit

    this may help also..are you just dumping the coal into the fire bx? or piling it up?

    one of the charcoal baskets should and will help keep temps a little more higher and even.. good luck..

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