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Old 01-01-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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First whole turkey....

..... ever smoked. I have done turkey piece/parts but never a whole bird until today. Turned out good I think. Will have a better opinion once carved and served. Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!




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Old 01-01-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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Wow! That looks good! What kind of wood did you use to smoke it?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:43 PM   #3
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Beautiful bird.
How long did it take? If I remember it was 4-5 hours for my higher temp beer can bird. I'm curious on your temps and time.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:01 PM   #4
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I hope your bird was as tasty as it looks. As to Pacanas' question, if that is an 18 lb bird, then at 11 minutes a pound, and pulling it at 160' F., then you'd be looking at 3 hours total cooking time, and then the 15 minutes resting period on top of that. Time varies a bit, depending on how hot the fire is, how cold it is outside, etc.

In any case, that bird looks good!

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Thanks Y'all!
I used hickory chunks in the Akorn. Cooked at 325* and took just under three hours. More pics.



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325 was higher than I expected. It sure worked though.
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325 was higher than I expected. It sure worked though.

I read or heard somewhere that poultry doesn't benefit from low and slow as meats do.
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I read or heard somewhere that poultry doesn't benefit from low and slow as meats do.
It think that is right. I have done plenty of chickens and always cooked at 325* or higher to keep the skin crisp. Figured the turkey should be done the same and turned out great.
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I read or heard somewhere that poultry doesn't benefit from low and slow as meats do.
From what I've read it's because of the skin. Some guys will crank up the heat towards the end to crisp it up.
I've done leg quarters at 225 before and the meat came out good. Nice and juicy. I knew I was would be discarding skin.
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I like how that bird shines. The turkey looks most excellent too.
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