I've found that by dividing a turkey into its separate parts, it will take less time to cook in the smoker. Some recipes will instruct you to cover up the turkey breast instead of the whole bird because it cooks more quickly than the dark meat and is prone to drying out. Now that's a bargain and you know it. Tenderloin You may need to add additional wood or wood chips to keep up the smoke. They are awsome and good to use. I haven’t brined a turkey yet and I will cook a breast next week and will try your buttermilk one. I am smoking 2 7 lbs bonesless turkey breats. Here's a chart to help you with the different options, times, temperature, etc. Turn the turkey over to the breast side facing up. Jeff, have you ever smoked a 15 lb turkey in a Bradley electric 4-rack smoker? I turned it over for the last hour of cooking so the breast would brown up for cosmetic effect. Use a cleaver to break the keel bone (breast bone) or you can use a sharp knife to cut on both sides of the keel bone and remove it. SMF Premier Member. Smoke for 1 hour. If you are using a smoker which smokes drier, then get a spray bottle with apple cider, or your preferred juice and spray it about every hour after an hour’s smoking. Please note that cutting through the backbone of a turkey is a LOT more difficult than a chicken but it still gives you the general idea. Chuck Roast Let the turkey sit on the counter while you set up your smoker or grill. The main thing is for the turkey to lay somewhat flat on the smoker grate while it cooks. The book is full of recipes and contains tons of helpful information as well. why can't I print this in PDF like before, All Beef Once you can fit your hands in there, pull the skin away from the turkey without tearing it and pour 2-3 TBS of my rub (purchase recipe here) between the skin and the meat and rub it into the meat with your hands as good as you can. Happy Thanksgiving! smoker. Thank you, Marcel! Back Ribs With more than 590 reviews on Amazon.com and a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, it comes highly recommended. Dan, your turkey sounds lovely! Warning: This requires a lot of elbow grease and determination and if you have a butcher that will do this for you, I highly recommend it. The combination of the weight of the bird plus the smoke gives the bird deep light colored horizontal grooves. Have a picture you'd like to add to your comment? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well! I use a Masterbuit electric smoker! Did the brine set temp at 225 f. Brest showed 170 f at 31/2 hrs. Do you smoke a whole chicken breast up or breast down? It is also listed as a #1 Bestseller in Barbecueing & Grilling books on Amazon. I hope this is useful for someone. Loin But then in step 4, you say “whether using a smoker or grill, place the bird breast side up.” So… whaddya mean!? Oh, and you’re welcome. and what is the best temp ? I’ve done it both with the drumsticks attached and detached and had good results both ways. Did I do it wrong ? Wings, Turkey All Turkey Never dry... Apr 18, 2011 #5 mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster. Thanks for the guidance on this. Apr 18, 2011 #6 SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster. Place 6 wood chunks (4 cherry and 2 hickory) in an X shape on the bottom charcoal grate. Forwarding this to my manservant. As well as dividing up the work and cutting down stress for everyone. Leg/Drumstick (It’s highly recommended that you brine the turkey before smoking to help prevent it from drying out during smoking.). I plan 2 hours of smoking and about 6 minutes of searing for larger 5 pound boneless, skinless turkey breasts. Brine it the same way and time. Pile hot charcoal on either side of the drip pan and close the lid. We use a Weber and it always turns out great, but I love the idea of throwing it on the grill at the end. Cooking time was about 4 1/2 hours for a 12-pound turkey. What can I say about this magnificent bird? Pat the turkey dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Let the turkey breast brine for about 10 hours or overnight in the fridge making sure the temperature of the brine is less than 40 degrees to keep the turkey safe from spoilage. Let the breast smoke cook until it reaches 160 degrees in the thickest part of the breast and thigh. Trussing the meat will expose the breast meat and cook both light and dark to … Smoke turkey, maintaining temperature inside smoker between 225° and 250°, for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°. We'd love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Cooked a 10 lb. Do you put rub on non-skin sie if you debone it? I own a Big Green Egg and cooked the turkey in that. LOL Do you mean flip it over after that initial hour of smoke time? It is now ready for the smoker to do it's magic. Turning over a large, hot bird can be dangerous and it's very easy to tear the skin, making the finished product less attractive. Hate tons of emails? If I were to follow the variation and smoke my turkey at 275 the whole time will the skin still get crispy from the duck fat? Smoked Bone-in Turkey Breast. There’s just one potential downside. To crisp the skin on your turkey, see the variation that follows the recipe.–Jeff Phillips. How Much Turkey Should I Plan Per Person. Smoking the bird at 275°F the whole time won’t give you crispy skin. Tip: I typically take mine to 350 degrees first and then reduce it down. Much larger than this and the meat stays in the danger zone (40-140 degrees) for too long and that is just asking for trouble. Butt/Shoulder Attach it below. The video below is for spatchcocking a chicken and should at least give you an idea of how to cut out the backbone of a turkey. Smoked turkey breast is a better option for folks who do not care for dark meat or if you are cooking for a smaller crowd. Placing the bird breast side up is important because this is the thickest part of the turkey. Crown Roast They will rise at least another 5 degrees during resting giving you your safe temperature of 165 degrees. Thin Blue LLC/Smoking-Meat.com © 2004-2020 All rights reserved. When I try to print, it just rolls over. Staff member. I really want you to have them! The most important thing to remember is to NOT overcook the turkey.. by removing it early in this way and allowing it to come up to temperature during the rest period along with the brining does a lot to ensure that your bird will be as juicy as it can possibly be. The next time you decide to order something at Amazon.com, use THIS LINK to get there and we'll get a small commission off of what you purchase. Pork Steak There again, this is a great job for the butcher and he will no doubt do it for you if you ask. Do you prefer info delivered in a neat, easy-to-digest (pun intended) form? If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #LeitesCulinaria. Enter your email address and get all of our updates sent to your inbox the moment they're posted. The United States Department of Agriculture advises to cook a whole turkey breast side up during the entire cooking time. This causes the turkey to cook faster and more evenly than it does when it is whole. A Cut Up Turkey Cooks Quicker. Newsletter Archive, Poultry. Roasts I have NEVER deboned a turkey before this one.. if you find that surprising then you may remember me saying in times past that I am in no way a professional meat cutter or turkey carver or anything of the sort. This is the part of the turkey that takes the longest time to cook. So ditch the oven, fire up the smoker and let’s get started. Having said that, as I was spatchcocking this bird, I decided to remove the rib bones that were there in my way and then I figured I might as well remove the wishbone since it was just right there and before you knew it, the turkey breast was deboned. Some have even said that "no smoker should be without this book"! Try it—you’ll like it! It also makes it possible to end up with a perfectly cooked breast every time. OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★ 46,623 7,516 Joined Jun … Once your smoker is setup and maintaining 230-240 degrees, it is time to get that turkey on the smoker. 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