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Turkey Tips by Scott Wallace

  • Always use remote probe thermometer. Cook until the breast reads 165F or thigh reads 180F.
  • Turkey is usually done if the internal temperature of the turkey rises to within about 5 to 10 degrees of desired finish temperature and temp does not increase over the course of the next 45 minutes then remove and check.
  • Brining over night in a salt water solution will provide a juicier turkey. But if you have never brined before go easy on the salt.
  • Cooking whole or half turkeys breast side down will allow the juice and fat to drip through the breast for a juicier turkey.
  • Spraying your turkey with Pam prior to smoking will improve golden coloring. Can also be rubbed with butter, or olive oil. Adding a bit of paprika will help as well.
  • Adding corn starch to any rub will firm up and improve texture of skin.
  • Removing entire breast from whole turkey and then slicing horizontally will improve slicing.
  • Try smoking just breast with skin on making sure to get seasoning/rub under skin. Often get a better penetration of both smoke and seasoning. Just be certain to wrap and place fat on top.

Turkey Tenderloin Recipe by Scott Wallace


"Just tried these last weekend and they were very good. It is basically the best. Brine over night in a little salt water. Rub liberally with Tuscan Chicken seasoning rub (Sam's). Set smoker @ 225F and add about a wood chips for mild smoke flavor. Pecan or Maple is good. Smoke/Cook for approximately 1 hours, or until internal temp reaches 165F. Do not overcook."


Honey Orange Marinade
2lb Bottle Honey
4-6 Oranges
3 T Salt
2 T Ground Ginger
2 t Ground Cumin
2 t Ground Mustard
1 1/2 t Ground Cloves
1/2 t Allspice
Squeeze oranges into a bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Mix well.
Massage under skin to flavor the meat.
Stand turkey in extra large bowl and pour marinade into cavity and over the skin.
Stuff squeezed oranges into cavity for more flavor.
Put in airtight bag and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
See our video for more instructions.
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Smokin Turkey Tips by SmokinTex
Smokin Turkey Tips by SmokinTex
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