However, you can smoke your turkey at 250 degrees F to reduce the cooking time a little. Plan on 25 minutes per pound at this temperature. This is a better strategy for larger turkeys.
I suggest lightly oiling your cooking grate. As you get the turkey ready, keep an eye on the smoker and make the necessary adjustments to hit the target temperature.
I do not recommend smoking a very large turkey. A turkey over 20 pounds will take a long time to cook. During this time bacteria might get the upper hand and spoil your bird. I would suggest that if the turkey weighs over 15 pounds, that you cook it at 250 degrees F.
The supplies you are going to need:
- One Turkey (preferring less than about 18 pounds)
- About one cup of a good Turkey Rub Recipe
- Fuel for your smoker (charcoal, propane, etc.)
- Wood for smoke (chips, chunks, etc.)
- An aluminum drip pan
- A reliable meat thermometer
- Aluminum foil
- Three toothpicks
- Something to baste the turkey with