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Turkey Worries

LeeLee Posts: 10
edited 11:55AM in EggHead Forum
Last year I cooked from a sidebox smoker (12)lbs turkey at 225 and it took longer than 10 hours. Now I hear that 225 is not safe. I have to cook a 12 pounder for my sons school. What temp on my Large BGE and how long. It has to be there around 11 am. HELP PLEASE


  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    un-stuffed, it should be safe.

    but you can cook a 12 pound bird in a couple hours at 350. i get 10 minutes a pound at 350, 15 minutes a pound at 325
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,773
    In four hours you can probably get the stuffing above 140 too. Just need to add it warm..
  • LeeLee Posts: 10
    The turkey is unstuffed
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    keep in mind that warnings about bacteria are worst case.

    bacteria are on the surface of the meat, and on the interior of the carcass. not IN the meat. if you work your hand under the skin (to introduce herbs, etc.) you will move some bacteria under the skin (cross contamination).

    that said, whenever the bacteria (not the meat) is in an environment over 140, it is done for.

    put your turkey in a 225 environment, and within moments the exterior (and the inside of the cavity of an unstuffed bird) will be over 140. not sure how long it would take for the bacteria under the skin, but it's at the surface pretty much. it's not going to take four hours for the bacteria under the skin to get killed off over 140.

    i dunno. there are an awful lot of rules quoted around regarding bacteria and food safety, but no one ever explains them.

    and they are designed to cover the worst case scenario...
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • LeeLee Posts: 10
    Any Idea on how long it will take at 225
  • EggZonaEggZona Posts: 108
    12# x 15min per# = 180min /60= 3hr or so
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i would think 225 is a bit low to hope for 15 minutes a pound. i get 15min a pound for 325. have you had luck at 225 still being done at 15min/pound?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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