Step two: Prepare your smoker. You will want to build a fire to hold a steady temperature right around 235 degrees F. Since most smokers start hot and cool down as the fire settles into a good smoke that you plan on putting the turkey in at about 250 degree F and let the smoker drop down to the cooking temperature.
Step three: Putting the turkey in at this point will give you a delicious meal. However, there are several options you can follow to enhance the flavor of your bird. One option is to use a turkey brine. This will require you to soak the turkey in the brine for a good 24 hours before you cook. You could also apply your favorite dry turkey rub. Of course the simplest method would be to brush some olive oil to keep the skin moist and help your turkey develop a rich deep tan.
Step four: Put the turkey in the smoker breast side up. Use a roasting pan or heavy foil to help reduce any mess or just set it on the rack.
Step five: Wash everything. Once I get a piece of poultry on the grill or in the smoker, I like to sterilize everything that might have come into contact with it. Salmonella is not something to take lightly. Once everything is completely clean you can relax. Check the smoker temperature every hour or so to make sure it's behaving properly, otherwise you won't need to do anything with this turkey for several hours.
Step six: Calculating 30 minutes per pound at about 230 degrees F, determine the approximate time that the turkey could be ready at the earliest. This is when you want to start testing for doneness. Using a good meat thermometer to test the internal temperature turkey in two different places, leaving the thermometer in long enough to get a good reading. Remember, don't test too close to bone. When you have two reading about 165 degrees F., then you can take the turkey out.
Step seven: Let the turkey rest for about 15 minutes and carve. Giving the turkey a rest will allow the meat to relax, the juices to flow and the temperature to come up a little and even out. This is one of the secrets to a great bird. Don't rush to carve or your turkey will be dry.
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