How To Cook Turkey & How Long Does It take To Smoke A Turkey?

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, a turkey makes one of the dishes we all love. But, maybe you’re used to cooking turkey using the conventional style that entails freezing the bird, thawing it, stuffing it, then roasting it. 

If that’s so, you might be feeling a little bored with the same old method and maybe you’re looking for a new method of cooking a turkey. Read on to discover several ways of cooking a turkey. And I assure you, the results will be mouthwatering.  In this article i will share with you my turkey cooking process.

At first you need to know....

How Long Does It Take to Smoke a Turkey?

Turkey, especially when smoked, happens to be a yummy alternative to chicken all year round. But, with so many cuts – wings, breasts, legs, and so on, you might find it tricky to decide how long to cook it. 

The purpose of this short guide is to make things easier and clearer for you. 

Regardless of the kind of cut you’re looking to cook, there’s one thing you can be sure of. Your turkey is done cooking once the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees (Fahrenheits). You can use a digital meat thermometer to check the temperature. 

As a pro tip, I recommend that you take the turkey out of the smoker once it attains an internal heat level of 160 degrees. It will go on cooking as it rests, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

Let’s look at the cook time based on different cuts.

1.Whole turkey

Preheat the smoker to around 240 degrees and cook for 30 minutes per pound. For instance, an 8-pound turkey will need around 4 hours to cook. 

2.Turkey breast

Preheat the smoker to 240 degrees and cook the breast for 30 minutes per pound. If yours is an average breast, it should be around 6 pounds heavy. That means you should cook it for roughly 3 hours.

3.Turkey legs

Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees. The legs will need about 4 hours cook time.

4.Turkey wings

Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees and smoke the wings for around 2 hours. 

How Long Does It Take to Smoke a Turkey?
Turkey, especially when smoked, happens to be a yummy alternative to chicken all year round. But, with so many cuts – wings, breasts, legs, and so on, you might find it tricky to decide how long to cook it. 
The purpose of this short guide is to make things easier and clearer for you. 

Regardless of the kind of cut you’re looking to cook, there’s one thing you can be sure of. Your turkey is done cooking once the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees (Fahrenheits). You can use a digital meat thermometer to check the temperature. 
As a pro tip, I recommend that you take the turkey out of the smoker once it attains an internal heat level of 160 degrees. It will go on cooking as it rests, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

Let’s look at the cook time based on different cuts.

1. Whole turkey 
Preheat the smoker to around 240 degrees and cook for 30 minutes per pound. For instance, an 8-pound turkey will need around 4 hours to cook. 

2. Turkey breast 
Preheat the smoker to 240 degrees and cook the breast for 30 minutes per pound. If yours is an average breast, it should be around 6 pounds heavy. That means you should cook it for roughly 3 hours. 

3. Turkey legs 
Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees. The legs will need about 4 hours cook time.

4. Turkey wings 
Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees and smoke the wings for around 2 hours. 

How To Cook Turkey?

There are many method of turkey cooking.

1. Brining

Brining has become very prominent among turkey meat lovers. The method entails forcing seasonings and liquids into the turkey’s meat with the purpose of adding some flavor and tenderizing it. This method requires planning ahead, as the meat needs cooling while brining. A fridge is the best equipment for the job, but if you’re brining in less than 2 hours, you can keep the meat on ice. 

2. Carving roast turkey

Cooking several dishes can be very inconvenient, especially if you have limited space or time. What can you do about it? Cook the turkey a day before, and make some gravy with its juices. Then, slice up the turkey and keep in the fridge, in skillet covered with the gravy. The following day, you will only have to cook the side dishes then heat the meat in the gravy. 

3. Roasting it in the Oven

This is the classic means of cooking a turkey. The results can be incredible if done correctly but if you roast the meat incorrectly, the yield can be dry and lacking in flavor. 

4. Cooking it in the Crockpot

Cooking the meat in the crockpot makes it a very appetizing dish. Try adding some veggies or stuffing to the slow cooker to make the preparation easier and better the yield. Though many people like cooking skinless and boneless turkey breasts using this method, it’s okay to cook whatever parts you like just as long as you don’t throw the whole bird in there. 

5. Deep Frying

Looking to finally have a cooked turkey that has a super soft skin, moist flesh, and a wonderful flavor? Then you will want to deep fry that turkey. Don’t forget to remove all flammable materials away while doing this. Also, be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand. I’m not saying there will be a fire; I’m only saying you should be careful. 

6. Grilling 

This method provides you with a means to save space and give the meat a great flavor. One thing you’ve got to do – ensure the grill has a constant heat range throughout the process. A grill thermometer will be really handy for that. 

7.Smoking 

This is one of the slowest methods of cooking your turkey but I tell you, the outcome is tasty. Even if you have never smoked anything before, the following guide should help you achieve great results. 

Best Smoked Turkey Recipe

Ingredients

•One 15-pound thawed turkey (frozen or fresh) with all giblets taken out

•A cup of sugar

•A cup of Traeger BBQ rub

•3 gallons of water

•1 tablespoon of minced garlic

•2 tablespoons of Canola oil

•1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce


Method of turkey proceeding

You will need to plan ahead, as this recipe needs overnight brining.

Make sure that the turkey is well-thawed and that all the giblets (heart, kidney, liver, etc.) have been taken out. 

i. Transfer the 3 gallons of water into a 5-gallon non-metallic bucket. 

ii. Add the BBQ rub and blend it in till it’s totally dissolved. Then, add the sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.  

iii. Put the turkey in the salt water (in a bucket) with its breast side facing down. Ensure that the bird is entirely submerged. Next, cover the bucket and put it in the fridge. Leave it there overnight. 

iv. Remove the turkey and dry it lightly with a clean piece of cloth. 

v. Rub the oil over the bird then place it in a roasting pan with the breast side facing up. 

vi. Now, start the grill on smoke and remove the lid till the fire is established. 

vii.Place the bird on the grill and smoke for about two and a half hours. 

viii. Once the turkey is well cooked, it’s internal temperatures should be around 170 °F. 

ix. Remove the turkey from the grill and let it rest for about 20 minutes before slicing it. 

There are many ways of cooking a turkey, but I believe smoking it produces the most delicious results. With the smoked turkey recipe above and an offset smoker, you can rest assured the results will be exceptional. 

Don’t forget to share this article with all your friends who love turkey dishes. 

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Whether it’s Thanksgiving or not, a turkey makes one of the dishes we all love. But, maybe you’re used to cooking turkey using the conventional style that entails freezing the bird, thawing it, stuffing it, then roasting it. 
If that’s so, you might be feeling a little bored with the same old method and maybe you’re looking for a new method of cooking a turkey. Read on to discover several ways of cooking a turkey. And I assure you, the results will be mouthwatering. 

1. Brining
Brining has become very prominent among turkey meat lovers. The method entails forcing seasonings and liquids into the turkey’s meat with the purpose of adding some flavor and tenderizing it. This method requires planning ahead, as the meat needs cooling while brining. A fridge is the best equipment for the job, but if you’re brining in less than 2 hours, you can keep the meat on ice. 

2. Carving roast turkey
Cooking several dishes can be very inconvenient, especially if you have limited space or time. What can you do about it? Cook the turkey a day before, and make some gravy with its juices. Then, slice up the turkey and keep in the fridge, in skillet covered with the gravy. The following day, you will only have to cook the side dishes then heat the meat in the gravy. 

3. Roasting it in the Oven
This is the classic means of cooking a turkey. The results can be incredible if done correctly but if you roast the meat incorrectly, the yield can be dry and lacking in flavor. 

4. Cooking it in the Crockpot
Cooking the meat in the crockpot makes it a very appetizing dish. Try adding some veggies or stuffing to the slow cooker to make the preparation easier and better the yield. Though many people like cooking skinless and boneless turkey breasts using this method, it’s okay to cook whatever parts you like just as long as you don’t throw the whole bird in there. 

5. Deep Frying
Looking to finally have a cooked turkey that has a super soft skin, moist flesh, and a wonderful flavor? Then you will want to deep fry that turkey. Don’t forget to remove all flammable materials away while doing this. Also, be sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand. I’m not saying there will be a fire; I’m only saying you should be careful. 

6. Grilling 
This method provides you with a means to save space and give the meat a great flavor. One thing you’ve got to do – ensure the grill has a constant heat range throughout the process. A grill thermometer will be really handy for that. 

7. Smoking 
This is one of the slowest methods of cooking your turkey but I tell you, the outcome is tasty. Even if you have never smoked anything before, the following guide should help you achieve great results. 

Best Smoked Turkey Recipe 
Ingredients
One 15-pound thawed turkey (frozen or fresh) with all giblets taken out
A cup of sugar
A cup of Traeger BBQ rub
3 gallons of water
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of Canola oil
1/2 cup of Worcestershire sauce

Method
You will need to plan ahead, as this recipe needs overnight brining.
Make sure that the turkey is well-thawed and that all the giblets (heart, kidney, liver, etc.) have been taken out. 
i. Transfer the 3 gallons of water into a 5-gallon non-metallic bucket. 
ii. Add the BBQ rub and blend it in till it’s totally dissolved. Then, add the sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic.  
iii. Put the turkey in the salt water (in a bucket) with its breast side facing down. Ensure that the bird is entirely submerged. Next, cover the bucket and put it in the fridge. Leave it there overnight. 
iv. Remove the turkey and dry it lightly with a clean piece of cloth. 
v. Rub the oil over the bird then place it in a roasting pan with the breast side facing up. 
vi. Now, start the grill on smoke and remove the lid till the fire is established. 
vii. Place the bird on the grill and smoke for about two and a half hours. 
viii. Once the turkey is well cooked, it’s internal temperatures should be around 170 °F. 
ix. Remove the turkey from the grill and let it rest for about 20 minutes before slicing it. 

There are many ways of cooking a turkey, but I believe smoking it produces the most delicious results. With the smoked turkey recipe above and an offset smoker, you can rest assured the results will be exceptional. 
Don’t forget to share this article with all your friends who love turkey dishes. 

mikebeebe
 

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