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Happy Cooker
06-11-2008, 08:20 PM
My GF's daughter asked me if I could smoke a turkey. I said yes,I could.Now the problem.I know how to do one that is thawed in about 14 to 16 hours. No problem. A guy at work said he starts his out frozen. Turns out much juicier.But it takes up to 30 hours.I have the basics figured out,but I am not sure on what to do with a frozen bird.Should I inject the thawed one? Brine it? Just cook the heck out of the frozen one? Help!! JT

bowhnter
06-11-2008, 08:32 PM
JMO, but I would never start one that is frozen. It would be in the danger zone way too long.
I usually try to cook mine (thawed and brined) at a higher temp (300*+) for 4 hrs or so until 170* in the thigh.

PigCicles
06-11-2008, 09:10 PM
I'm with bowhnter on this. I wouldn't recommend ever starting one frozen as it will give the bacteria too much of a chance to grow and make people sick.

I also like to brine the big bird and smoke it at a higher temp to get the skin a little crispier. The brine will help keep the bird more moist.

Willkat98
06-11-2008, 10:08 PM
frozen = too much time in danger zone for me, too

glued2it
06-12-2008, 06:57 AM
I concur :thumbs up:

SmokyOkie
06-12-2008, 11:22 AM
Here's what I found on the subject:

http://health.yahoo.com/nutrition-foodsafety/thanksgiving-turkey-can-you-cook-it-frozen/mayoclinic--A04AF227-E7FF-0DBD-14F15E833A88169C.html

I agree w/ everyone above and it looks as if the folks @ the Bible forum agree as well.

Personally, have experience ptomaine poisoning, don't believe in taking any chances.

Fatback Joe
06-12-2008, 12:06 PM
Here's what I found on the subject:

http://health.yahoo.com/nutrition-foodsafety/thanksgiving-turkey-can-you-cook-it-frozen/mayoclinic--A04AF227-E7FF-0DBD-14F15E833A88169C.html

I agree w/ everyone above and it looks as if the folks @ the Bible forum agree as well.

Personally, have experience ptomaine poisoning, don't believe in taking any chances.

""It is important to note that roasting is the only safe method for cooking a turkey from a frozen state. Do not use grilling, smoking, deep-frying or microwaving to cook a frozen turkey.""


Hmmm......I wonder why they don't recomend deep frying a frozen turkey. :wo:

SmokyOkie
06-12-2008, 01:09 PM
Cuz it might drop the oil temp?:shrug:

Fatback Joe
06-12-2008, 01:35 PM
Cuz it might drop the oil temp?:shrug:

You just got to start with a real high oil temp to account for the drop. D@

BlazerQue
06-12-2008, 04:11 PM
thaw, brine, smoke

Happy Cooker
06-16-2008, 08:17 PM
Thanks a :sign0092:bunch,guys. I will give it a shot sometime soon. JT

Willkat98
06-16-2008, 09:32 PM
thaw, brine, smoke

Just be sure to read the label, Happy Cooker!

If the bird, once thawed, says "packed in a solution of up to X%", that means its already in a salt solution, so brining again might be too much

(or too mush)

Good luck!

glued2it
06-17-2008, 08:15 AM
If the solution is added only use 1/2 cup of kosher or sea salt to a gallon.

Also you will want to decrease your brine times as well.