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  1. PlumLoco

    PlumLoco Well-Known Member

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    15 lb. bird going to be smoked tomorrow. It has been seasoned and dry aged for two days already. It has also been spatchcocked so that it will cook more evenly. Any educated guesses on how long I should leave it in? Smoker usually runs around 260-275* when it is cold outside.
     
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    Kachina26 Inmate #RDP158

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    Doing mine on Thursday, 12 pounds, brined then on the Camp Chef Turkey Cannon. Lots of good videos on Youtube to give you some tips.
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    ONE-A-DAY Well-Known Member

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    We are smoking ours as well, I forget the time, I don’t bother with that, I have a digital internal temp unit and a remote hand held display, when it hits the number it’s done. I forget the temp for turkey but it’s all over google.
     
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    RitcheyRch Currently Boat-Less

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    We are doing the same thing with smoking the turkey and using an internal digital thermometer.

     
  5. dave29

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    Doing the same thing. Using Myron Mixons smoked turkey recipe.
     
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    RitcheyRch Currently Boat-Less

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    Not doing the recipe. Just smoking and using the internal temperature thermometer to tell us when its done. Will have to look into that recipe



     
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    mash on it Beyond Hell Crew

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    I use 20-25 minutes per pound as a guide. Typically 14 lbs. 275° ish. Apple and hickory wood.

    First temperature check at about the 4:40 mark, always finished by the 5:45 mark. I don't have any temp probes or automatic temp controls.

    All wood. Offset smoker. Bbq monitor powered by cold beer, or coffee and brandy.

    Sometimes both.

    Dan'l
     
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    Cook till it hits 165 internal temp...

    I inject my turkeys with a bunch of melted butter, with poultry seasoning, a hint of apple juice...

    Stuff them with chopped celery, onions, apples, garlic, poultry seasoning,, this just for flavor, not eating... this aroma permeates the meat through the cook... adds some great flavor.

    I throw on the smoker at 225 for the first hour, bump it to 275 until its done. If the outer skin gets to dark, put the turkey in a foil pan and wrap it losely with foil to prevent it from turning black..

    I prefer apple wood, and use cherry if I cant find apple.

    never had any complaints, only compliments...
     
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    We brine ours for 24 hours first then rub it and also peel back the skin and insert slices of apple.
     
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    Smoking one as well. Just got the easy up cause its supposed to be raining.

    Brine over night. Then when ready to cook pull the skin up from the breast and insert pats of butter under the skin. Then rub it down with butter then salt and pepper. Stuffing it as well.

    This one will get sage sausage cornbread stuffing with cran raisin in it. This is the first of this stuffing I've tried, as I usually just go with traditional.
     
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    Ive been doing this a couple years now and spatchcocking takes a bit of the cooking time off so I would just go by thermometer.
     
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    Just put it in a Untitled-4.jpeg bout 40 minutes ago.
     
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    Why I need an insulated smoker.
     
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    Almost wish I got the insulation blanket for mine.
     
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    I had an uninsulated offset stick burner before this. Go online and buy a good welders blanket from amazon. It will hold the heat.
     
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    Our family served up 70 smoked birds yesterday to the needy at my Daughter and SiL's B-B-Que restaurant......The big commercial pit makes it easy. Breaking them down and serving is another thing. Served between 400 and 500 meals.:D
     
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    Hey Loco what the heck is Spatchcocked?
     
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    It was discussed above but essentially it is cutting up the breast bone and cooking the flattened, spread out bird. The whole thing cooks much more evenly. Even wings are edible and delicious.
     
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    This is spatchcocked. It is cutting out the backbone, flipping the bird over so the breast is facing up,laying the turkey or chicken flat and pushing down on the breast until you hear it crack. It then lays flat. Cooks even and faster as PlumLoco mentioned.
     
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    some item worth mentioning, and i found out the hardway, with my smoker I found I had to rotate the turkey half way through. The first time I smoked one on my egg I was only probing one breast / thigh side pulled it when it was done, only to find out that the other side of the bird was a solid 10* lower than the "done" side. Needless to say it bummed me out, and I ended up cutting off the good meat, and finishing the other side in the oven.
     

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