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Smoking a 22 pound turkey - Help!

 
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lma204



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13 14 8:03 am    Post subject: Smoking a 22 pound turkey - Help! Reply with quote

I've smoked several turkeys in the 12-15 pound range with good success, but I haven't tried anything this big before. Is it do-able and if so, how long do you think it will take? I was originally thinking of smoking at 250, but now wondering if I should increase the temperature to 300/325 degrees? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Smokin Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13 14 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The word is, a large turkey cooked at a low temperature presents food safety risks because the interior of the bird is at a low temperature for an extended time. Most folks suggest cooking at a higher temperature to avoid this problem... either that or break the bird down into manageable pieces.

Here's a topic with a similar question to yours; http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=67027&highlight=turkey

I can't help with the cooking times as I don't do birds that big.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22 14 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have the room in the cooker you can spatchcock the Turkey by taking out it's backbone, and laying it flat, press down to crack the keel bone, if you want to, you can take the keel bone out too!

Done like this it will be cooked in the time it would take to cook a 15 lber that was still whole.
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