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Turkey done temperature

I smoked a 12 lb turkey on Thanksgiving and it came out ok but when the breasts hit 160 the thighs were also 160 so I had to keep cooking.  So the breasts got a little over done.  I iced down the breasts for 30 mins before cooking but it did not seem to help.  I cooked indirect on grate at 325.  What else can I do to have the whole turkey done at the same time?


  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 5,079
    About the only thing I can offer is the following-when you iced the breasts how soon after removing the bird from the fridge did that event take place...the idea here is to get a good temperature delta T between breasts and thighs.  If too soon after right out of the fridge, the thighs and breasts are still very close to ice temp (38 (Fridge)-32*F(ice)) so you won't get the cool-down needed to achieve the delta T throughout the cook.  I don't have a fixed time to wait before the ice treatment but 45 mins or so should work.  The other thing to use to your benefit-the back of the BGE is hotter than the front (air-flow given) so put the legs to the back.  FWIW-
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 14,152
    I cook at 400 direct and don't have a problem. I never ice any part of the turkey.
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