Turkey Smokin Time

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mikefromiowa, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. I have about a 12 lb turkey that needs ate this weekend. As this will be my first attempt at smoking a bird about how long will it take to cook this devil. Plan on using apple wood at about 250 cooking temp, or if anyone has a better idea I'm all for any help I can get..

    Thanks , Mike
  2. garyt

    garyt Smoking Fanatic

    6.5 hours, look a little to the left and down on the side of the screen ( Times and temp) all is good. (approximate only)
  3. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We smoke turkey year-round here 'cause we love it and it's great for sammies.

    You might want to smoke it at a higher temp....325-350 is what I've found to be the ideal for great smoke and crispy skin. Lower temp and you run into troubles with rubbery skin and undercooked thighs.

    Put the bird in the smoker and after about 2 hours rotate it 180 degrees (if using an offset smoker). I spritz with OJ or cranberry juice. Lots of other combinations...your choice. A popular one is Cap'n Morgan's Spiced Rum and Cranberry or Apple Juice. Stick with the same juice as the fruit wood you are smoking with for best results.

    Here's a cherry wood and cherry juice spritzed turkey we made this summer. It'll give you a better idea of what to expect.


    Good luck to you and once you do one, it's easy as anything. Real good eating too.

    BTW...at 325, a 12 pounder should take about 4 hrs at 325 F in your smoker. Remember though, cook to temp, NOT time. Always temp the bird in the thick part of the thigh. I go for about 175F there and the breast is never dry.
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Couldn't think of anything better to add other than that [​IMG]

    Oh, be sure to take some pictures, we love pictures...
  5. Thanks for the advice. I'll try to remember to take photo's.


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