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Turkey temp/time advice

I'm doing my first whole turkey tomorrow. Instead of a big 20+ lb bird, I got (2) 13 lb to smoke the other to fry. I'm looking for advice on the best temp for a whole bird and estimated time based on 13 lbs. Thanks in advance!


  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,560
    325* - 350* indirect.  It goes pretty close to what cook books suggest for an unstuffed bird in an oven. Figure 12 - 15  minutes/lb for fresh bird right out of the fridge and 15 - 20 if you are starting with bird that was frozen and may not be 100% thawed.  Mine cooked closer to 12 min/lb but it came out of the fridge an hour before cooking for prep and the egg was right at 350*.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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