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Smoking Turkey Day Bird help

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Pretty proficient with my smoker, but can't seem to nail the turkey?!

Any tips or tricks to have that moist tender breast and still have rest of bird edible?

I do brine but do not inject...
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I brine for at least 24-48 hours, emphasis on the longer. I always toss additional flavorings in, onion, peppercorns, citrus goes well. When you put it in the bine just make certain to move it around a couple times a day so all the meat gets a good exposure.


Not sure what type of smoker you have, but finding where the hot spots are is key to making sure it cooks even. My new pit is completely backwards of traditional thinking. You usually put the thickest part/longest cooking portion of the meat towards the fire, mine is opposite. In the case of a turkey, I'd put the dark meat in the hottest location. It can take more heat than the breast.

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Gents-

Pretty proficient with my smoker, but can't seem to nail the turkey?!

Any tips or tricks to have that moist tender breast and still have rest of bird edible?

I do brine but do not inject...
Google "spatchcock" It's basically splitting the bird in half. That's the only way to smoke it as far as I'm concerned

here is the recipe I use. http://amazingribs.com/recipes/chick...ed_turkey.html
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I smoke a turkey every year. I never brine, but do inject it with mix of butter and poultry rub. I then use the poultry rub on the skin as well as throw a sliced apple inside the bird. Then I will smoke w/ apple wood at 275 deg. The first year I smoked a turkey, I cooked the bird breast down b/c I was worried about it drying out. I haven't had any issues breast down or breast up. I have also heard of people laying a few strips of bacon on top of the breast.
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approximately how long does it take to smoke a bird at 275? I realize there are variables, but just looking for a ballpark estimate.
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approximately how long does it take to smoke a bird at 275? I realize there are variables, but just looking for a ballpark estimate.
This is a good guideline, but assumes cooking temps at 325. For Turkey there is no need for low and slow like other meats. Spatchcocking is the way to go unless you want the whole bird for pictures at the table.
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Best method I have found is to smoke the turkey for two hours and then finish in a 350˚ oven...You get the delicious smoke flavor and there is no danger of under cooking. Remember to use a digital thermometer to achieve the finish 165˚ temperature.

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Best method I have found is to smoke the turkey for two hours and then finish in a 350˚ oven...You get the delicious smoke flavor and there is no danger of under cooking. Remember to use a digital thermometer to achieve the finish 165˚ temperature.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving

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This is the method I use, Mine is in the smoker as I type this.

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