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Old 11-17-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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Whos smoking the turkey for Thanksgiving and what tips does anyone have? I made the mistake of serving up some tasty BBQ to the family so I'm making the turkey this year in the smoker. Planning on a 24hr brine, still not sure about injecting and open to any suggestions b/c ive never smoked a turkey before (but plenty of chickens).


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Old 11-17-2011, 07:28 PM   #2
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subscribed. i might do this too. i'm not sure about tips for smoking the turkey, but for left overs, i would make turkey salad. we made chicken salad from a smoked chicken earlier this year. it was AMAZING!


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Old 11-17-2011, 10:23 PM   #3
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Homebrew Chef: Beer Brined Turkey

nothing much to smoking a turkey IMHO, just like smoking a larger chicken. just be sure to plan on a good 8-12 hours for it, depending on the size. i've always read that the 12-14 lb birds are best for smoking so it doesn't take too long. our family will be roasting a big one as tradition dictates, but i'm smoking a smaller one as well.

if you're brining it, no need for injection.

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I don't know how I am doing the Turkey this year. I don't want it in the oven because I need the room for other stuff. I was planning on smoking it but I wanted a trial run to make sure everyone liked smoked turkey but I never had time to do that. So now it is either smoke it and hope everyone likes it spend $30 for oil and fry it.
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I don't know how I am doing the Turkey this year. I don't want it in the oven because I need the room for other stuff. I was planning on smoking it but I wanted a trial run to make sure everyone liked smoked turkey but I never had time to do that. So now it is either smoke it and hope everyone likes it spend $30 for oil and fry it.
Don't fry it. Smoke it. Everyone will love it. Assuming its not already injected, brine it for a day or so.

Smoked turkey is the best

Lots of good info here: Barbecue Turkey On The Grill: The Ultimate Smoked Turkey Recipe
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Oh, it will be brined and injected either way. Only thing I am afraid of is that my wife's mom and even my wife to some extent are just really picky eaters.
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I haven't decided what I'll be doing for Thanksgiving yet, but someone gave me a 13 pound minimally processed turkey last week. So I mixed up a brine with sodium nitrite to cure it, and I'll be baking it this Saturday. I would smoke it normally, but I was asked to bake this one.
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Why are you going to cure it?
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Tagging along.... I have thought about firing up the UDS and stuffing it with a turkey or at least some legs and wings.
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I just purchased one of those "Smokenator 1000" kits that convert your Weber kettle to a smoker. I'm going to try a pork butt this weekend to try it out and then smoke a turkey next week. I've never smoked meat before so I'm hoping everything works out.


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