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deltadawndeltadawn Posts: 94
edited 8:13AM in EggHead Forum
I'm thinking of trying a turkey. Most of the recipes use 350 degrees. Is there any reason why I couldn't cook at a lower temp? Will a lower temp make the meat dry or will it be just as good as maybe a pork roast cooked slow? I realize it will take longer, but would like to get it going at a stable lower temp and forget about it for a while. What does everyone think? Thanks......


  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,014
    i dont think its recommended to cook a turkey below 325 for safety reasons, but ive smoked plenty around 250. the texture is alot different, they come out moist but the meat sticks somewhat to your teeth (gummy) when chewing, not like a roasted turkey. frozen kosher birds seem to come out better than fressh, dont use any stuffing whatsoever and pick a bird no larger than about 16 pounds. i probably wouldnt serve to kids or elderly, its something we do on fishing trips when we set things up early in the morning and come home just before dark, have only really done it in a gas style smoker over a water pan, 325 roasted turkey comes out better when the time is there to cooke it.
  • There's no reason to cook a turkey low and slow. It doesn't have all that cologin that needs to be rendered before it can be considered edible. Also, cooking at a lower temp will prevent the skin from crisping up. All in all a lose/lose proposition.


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  • deltadawndeltadawn Posts: 94
    Okay, thanks for answering my questions, it sounds like it will take at least 5 hrs anyway, so time shouldn't be that much of a problem. Certainly don't want anyone sick!
  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Be carefule here. 24 lb turkey at 325 only takes 3.5 hours, no stuffing.
  • East Bay AlEast Bay Al Posts: 101
    Here is the BGE's most famous turkey recipe:

    Easy to follow directions for sure fire results.
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