My father-in-law, the same man who introduced me to smoked chicken 15 years ago, also introduced me to smoked turkey. But not in quite the same positive way as chicken. It was actually a nightmarish story that still lives in family lore…and scared me out of trying to smoke one myself until just a couple of years ago.
He set out to smoke a turkey for a delicious New Years Eve meal. The whole family was excited. He put the turkey on his Brinkman bullet smoker early in the morning, anticipating its completion in time for a tasty dinner.
Dinner came and went. So did dessert. Then midnight. Then 3am. Then the sun came up. The turkey continued to smoke.
It was a 22 pound turkey. And the poor little smoker has a hard time keeping its temperature above 200, especially on a cold December/January day.
So. The family had turkey for New Years Day Lunch.
So the lessons here are start with a smaller bird and know your smokers capabilities. Now, don’t be afraid. Try this recipe out and you will enjoy the results. There aren’t many things more enjoyable than smoked turkey. PLUS, this frees up a ton of space in your oven, which is always a problem on Thanksgiving. That’s huge. So…better flavor, juicier, more oven space…win-win-win.