Is it safe to smoke a 20 lb turkey?
A 20-25 pound bird cannot be safely smoked, it will stay in the danger zone way too long and may get contaminated. That means you are just substituting a smoker for an oven, probably at the same temperature, and then adding a little smoke flavor to the outside.
How do you smoke a 20lb turkey?
- Preheat smoker to 225 to 250 degrees F (110 to 120 degrees C).
- Rinse turkey under cold water, and pat dry.
- Smoke at 225 to 250 degrees F (110 to 120 degrees C) for 10 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C) when measured in the thickest part of the thigh.
How long does it take to smoke a 24 lb turkey?
Put the turkey into the smoker and smoke for 30 to 40 minutes per pound, or until an instant read thermometer (or stay-in-the-bird probe thermometer) reads 160°F in the thickest part of the breast meat.
How long will it take to smoke a turkey at 225 degrees?
At 225 degrees F, you can plan on approximately 30 minutes per pound for your turkey to smoke. For example, this 15 pound turkey will take 7 and 1/2 hours at 225 degrees F. I always plan an extra 30 minutes, just in case. Use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of the turkey in the breast and thigh.