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Smoking my first turkey this weekend!

Have done many a chicken on the egg but this will be my first attempt at a turkey. Just a 12 lb bird so not too big. Any tips or advice?
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  • bo31210bo31210 Posts: 409
    Smoke mine at 325 with a chunk or 2 of pecan wood. Usually takes 15 to 20 minutes a pound for me.
    In the middle of Georgia!    Geaux Tigers!!!!!
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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,783
    I spatchcocked one last thanksgiving. 18lbs ~2.5 hours. Best turkey I ever had. Doing the same this year but using pecan wood too.

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  • robnybbq said:
    I spatchcocked one last thanksgiving. 18lbs ~2.5 hours. Best turkey I ever had. Doing the same this year but using pecan wood too.
    +1 Spatchcock that baby!
    Finally back in the Badger State!

    Middleton, WI
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  • GK59GK59 Posts: 501
    A family favorite. The last one was a fresh Butterball I think. It was the best ever so far. I stay away from store brands.

    Smitty's Kid's BBQ

    Bay City,MI

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,436
    edited October 2013
    Spatchcocked Turkey and Chicken on the Big Green Egg (you cut out the backbone and cook opened) I like a 11/12 lb bird. If I need lots of turkey I just cook a couple ( 1 & 1/2 hr cook app) Chicken 3 to 4.5lb bird or birds. Under an hour cook. Or, just add a package of legs extra. I do not brine the turkey or Chicken. If time I like to leave uncovered in the fridge overnight (no problem if no time) I cook "direct" @ 400 on a raised grill "skin side up" and never turn over. I will use a coffee rub. Use what you like. NOTE PLEASE (A LOT OF SMOKE IS NOT YOU FRIEND) I use about a single handfull of mixed chips: Cherry & Pecan. Cook to temp (not time) breast @ 160 and thigh @ 180. Coffee Rub (turkey, chicken, beef & pork) Equal part: Instant Expresso Ground coffee Equal part: Brown Sugar ½ part: Black Pepper ½ part: Kosher Salt ½ part: Garlic Powder ¾ part: Ancho Chili Powder Don't worry on exact, just close on measurement. I used to use turbinado sugar but we like with brown better. This is pulled from MollyShark, Hungry Man, & Richard In Fl then tweaked. I find the ancho chili powder is far less expensive in the bulk spice area than the bottled area ( have used both light or dark version). I make it starting with a half cup Instant Expresso Ground coffee and work from there as it seems to store well if sealed. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,783
    What Mickey said.

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  • QDudeQDude Posts: 606
    Applying a liberal coating of salt to the bird is just like brining it. It helps maintain the moisture and won't affect the taste.

    A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

    XL and a Small BGE.

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  • Thanks for all the advice everyone. Throwing it on tomorrow. Can't wait.
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,436
    No pictures, it didn't happen X_X
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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